Torch:U.S. LXVII Fall 2017 - Page 14

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Fall 2017 · Torch:U.S. · THAT'S ENTERTAINMENT

NJCL's Night of STARS

After four full days of testing and certamen, oratories and costume contests, relays and races, spirit and well, you get the idea, JCLers deserved a break from convention’s hustle and bustle: the annual That’s Entertainment talent show. This year’s performers brought a series of powerhouse acts that had us on our feet again and again and again.

Hosted by Kurt Ristroph and Gero Fontenelle, the Thursday evening show kicked off with Lucas Munson’s rendition of the National Anthem on electric guitar. Next, Ella Nelson had the crowd singing and clapping along nostalgically with her performance of “I Won’t Say I’m in Love” from Disney’s Hercules. Following the throwback came Shea Edington’s contemporary dance to "Claire De Lune." Up next was Mary Chavez wowing everyone with her singing and guitar skills in her preformance of “Torete” by Moonstar. Shortly after, Hannah Johnson brought tears to our eyes with her rendition of “I Dreamed a Dream” from the musical Les Miserables. Peter Wang changed things up by going for the piano and playing Rachmaninoff Movement Musical No. 4. Then Bryan Zhang serenaded us with Coldplay’s song “The Scientist,” showing us his dual talents of guitar and voice. Albert Ting followed him on the piano with his performance of the Super Smash Bros. Then Carson Brocco shuffled his way onstage for a snazzy tap dance and then stylishly slid his way offstage. Jade Do soulfully sang and played piano to the song “Who’s Lovin’ You.” After Do was Sky Nida dancing in the modern style to “Addicted to Love” by Florence and the Machine. Akhila Nataraj brought down the house singing “Feeling Good,” and Emma Mason and Ann-Marie Abunyewa performed a violin duet. Avishka Boppudi ended the night of JCL acts with her Jayamu Jayamu-Kuchipudi performance, an elegant, traditional Indian dance.

Punctuating the breaks between each act were deafening cheers for the hardworking stage crew, as well as some hilarious skits by the SCL. The 2016-2017 NJCL officers put on a skit of their own wherein they tried to think of skit ideas and ended in a rousing dance. And of course, no That’s Entertainment show is complete without an appearance from the legendary Racketeers or a round of the Brown Squirrel dance.

The results of the show are as follows: first place: Carson Bocco (FL), second place: Avishka Boppudi (VA), and third place: Albert Ting (GA). Thank you to all of this year’s performers for sharing your talents with everyone!

BY JADE WOODS

2017-2018 NJCL EDITOR