NCP’s Got Talent
by Caroline Merck
When most people think of Northside College Prep, the first thing that comes to mind is the prestigious academics. However, from successful sports teams, to amazing musicians, Northside has much more to offer. At the NCP Talent Show, everything from dance groups and singers to Chinese Wushu and yoyos can be found. The night, which highlighted Northside students’ diversity and skills, was one to remember.
Northside’s Key Club hosted the Talent Show on Thursday, April 5, in the auditorium at 7:00pm. The upcoming acts were highly anticipated by the proud parents and excited friends. One interesting new feature about this year’s talent show is that Key Club would allow the audience members to vote for the winners of the Talent Show.
Key Club’s board members came out first and introduced themselves. One of the co-presidents, Susie Lin, Adv. 806, acted as the emcee for the night as well. The first performance was Crestel Ligo, Adv. 805, an exhibition act and winner from last year. She played the piano and sang a mashup of Khalid songs. After her beautiful number, it was clear to see why she was the winner of last year’s talent show.
Next up was “Passion Dance Ensemble,” led by Lydia Williams, Adv. 808, and Lauren Fujishima, Adv. 801. The group also included Jocelynn Alfonso, Adv. 802, Mofopefoluwa Idowu, Adv. 910, Zuzanna Kawula, Adv. 104, Megan McBride, Adv. 003, Laura Parada, Adv. 007, Penelope Shinnick, Adv. 101, Liceth Sierra, Adv. 804, Justyna Sliwinska, Adv. 104, Rainee Wilson, Adv. 810, and Alyssa Wodnicki, Adv. 000. They performed a modern/contemporary dance piece. Filled with emotion and talented choreography, these ladies really nailed their dance and ended up placing third.
After them was “Sam and the Boys.” Performing a pop song medley, Samantha Ringor, Adv. 001, and Matthew Villalon, Adv. 903, sang, as Llorenz Meliton, Adv. 903, played the piano. Ringor’s voice was powerful, yet soothing, and Villalon matched the harmonies perfectly. Meliton truly showed his talent while he played the piano. Their talent was definitely recognized by the audience, as they ended up placing second.
The following acts were just as impressive. Amy Pang, Adv. 009, performed Wushu: Straightsword. This Chinese martial arts demonstration is also commonly known as Kungfu. Pang performed powerful slashes, thrusts, kicks, and jumps, all of which focused on the control of power, speed, and rhythm.
The last number of the first half was Dzmoney. This was the stage name of David Zhou, Adv. 000. He performed “Young Dumb & Broke,” by Khalid, which is about broke high schoolers. Zhou dressed the part, wearing baggy sweats and kept the beat with a head nod the whole time. With fans screaming and cheering, the end of act one was exciting, but the best was yet to come.
The start of act two was another exhibition act, “Isang Hakbang.” Led by Cyan Balantac, Adv. 805, and Primlouise Duragos, Adv. 809, Isang had a moving performance that centered around the Spanish’s attempt of colonization over the Philippines. After their dance, Carel Jones, Adv. 802, and four of the other boys in Isang turned their shields around with letters that read “PROM,” and Jones held a question mark. Jocelynn Alfonso was a bit confused when everyone in Isang knew to back up and she was left standing in the center of the stage when the flipped shields facing her. After she said yes, the audience cheered and everyone was in a great mood for the rest of the show.
Following that, Sarah Fitzmaurice, Adv. 805, and Brandon Orta, Adv. 801, covered “Symphony,” by Clean Bandit. Fitzmaurice sang as Orta played the guitar next to her. In the beginning, Fitzmaurice’s microphone was not functioning, but with a shrug and a step to the side, she was able to project her voice loud enough for the whole crowd to hear. Singing gorgeously and with the guitar accompaniment, this act was one to remember.
Next was Amanda Gomez, Adv. 809, singing “Still Into You,” by Paramore. Filled with energy, this act was exciting and upbeat. Gomez even came down from the stage and ran through the crowd. During an instrumental part of the song, she yelled out to the audience, “How are you guys doing tonight?” and followed up by asking everyone to give it up for Key Club and the other acts. As one of the last acts, Gomez was a very energetic and fun performer to watch.
Last but certainly not least, was “The Yoyo Man,” Trenton Szeto, Adv. 804. With multicolored lights and thrilling music, Szeto performed Chinese yoyo and diabolo tricks. Because it was a talent that no one else at Northside could perform, Szeto ran away with first place votes.
This year, Key Club decided that instead of having a judging panel, they would have a google form for audience voting. After “The Yoyo Man,” a link to the form was projected on stage and the audience wrote in their vote for who they thought the top three acts were. After about ten minutes, the form was closed and the winners were announced. As previously mentioned, “Passion Dance Ensemble” took home third, “Sam and the Boys” took second, and “The Yoyo Man” won first place. After they were announced, Key Club also mentioned that they raised over $400 for the Thirst Project from the night’s ticket sales.
With money raised for charity, great talent, and an exciting people’s choice winner, the show was a success. The HoofBeat is excited to see all the talent that graces the Northside stage next year.