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Rumney residents prove they've "Got Talent" at anniversary variety show

Russell Elementary School student Heather Bishop belted out the lyrics to the classic hit "House of the Rising Sun" as he dad accompanied her on guitar during the Rumney's Got talent Variety Show last Friday evening. (Photo by Donna Rhodes) (click for larger version)
May 17, 2017
RUMNEY — As part of Rumney's 250th anniversary celebration, students and residents of the town pulled out all the stops for their Rumney's Got Talent Variety Show at Russell Elementary School last Friday evening.

Showcased in the event was singing, piano and guitar performances, lip sync, improv skits and comedy sketches that were enjoyed by the nearly 100 people who were present.

Organized by RES paraprofessional Crystal Kenneally and other staff members, the Emcee for the evening was School Board member Roger Scroggins who kicked the night off by introducing Cade Earick's ukulele and singing performance of the Elvis Presley hit, "Can't Help Falling in Love with You."

Both Claire Miller and Mason Earick followed up Earick's musical talents with beautiful piano performances of their own. Alexi Boulanger also wowed the crowd with an energetic gymnastics performance, as did Aaralyn Scroggins and her tap dancing talents.

Kailey Burtt sang "Lost Boy" in acapello for a most appreciative crowd and Olivia Dodge also received lots of applause for her delivery of the song, "How Far I'll Go."

Unfortunately, Heather Bishop had trouble with the electronic musical accompaniment for her initial song selection and bowed out her first time on the stage. She came back later in the show however. That time her dad accompanied her on guitar as she belted out "House of the Rising Sun." Bishop won over the audience that night for not only her vocal talents but her outstanding showmanship as well.

Elizabeth Poitras and Lindsay Miller opted for a fun and lively lip sync of Taylor Swift's hit song, "Shake It Off" and RES teachers followed suit with a most entertaining lip sync and dance performance of their own, which ended comically with Aretha Franklin's well-known song, "Respect."

They weren't the only act from the RES faculty however. Teachers Allyn Dokus and Zachary Denoncour performed the Pearl Jam hit, "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town," and drew loud applause for their guitar and vocal skills.

Guitar music from the community played a big part of the show, too. Bill Moses played and sang two of his original songs, "Dirt Road," paying homage to life in the country, and "Stone Face," a touching tribute to the Old Man in the Mountain. Lori Julius then brought out her guitar and held the audience spellbound with her performance of the song "Believer."

A bit of fun was also mixed in to the night. Rumney resident Heather Scroggins presented an interactive skit, pulling audience members onstage to create a fun living portrait, complete with birds, trees, water and other parts of nature. Students Jonathan Picard, Olivia Didge and Cade Earick brought a lot of laughter with their quick thinking improvisational presentation, "Game of Change," and Ella Ronci's young family had the audience rolling in the aisles with their highly comical "Sherman the Shortie" routine.

May marks only the fifth month of 2017 and the yearlong anniversary celebration continues in Rumney with several activities scheduled in the coming weeks. For details of upcoming events please visit them online at www.rumney250.org.

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