Isabel Gorski, Staff Writer – The students of Lecanto High School [LHS] are excited for the upcoming talent show that seniors Brendan Alt and Beza Alford have put together. The date of the actual show has not yet been set, but auditions were held Feb. 14-16 and 28, as well as March 1 and 2.
LHS has not historically done much in the way of a talent exhibition. The seniors who decided to orchestrate the event did so because they recognized the need for students to have an outlet to express themselves creatively.
“It was a great idea to give those students who aren’t in performing arts classes the opportunity to perform and thrive,” said Alford.
“I felt a talent show would be a fun way to showcase the hidden and not-so-hidden gems of LHS,” Alt added.
The performers had to deal first with the anxiety of auditions and are now finding ways to combat the stress that will come with the actual performance.
“I was pretty nervous going in,” said junior Shade Carter. “I’ve always played and sang by myself, but now I have Jacob so it isn’t as nerve-wracking. I also keep my eyes closed while performing to block out my surroundings.”
The act of performance has all kinds of benefits for students, not the least of which the pride that comes with doing something well.
“I feel like by performing, I will gain not only personal satisfaction, but also a stronger sense of faith in my abilities,” said junior Jacob Dawson.
The organizers have high hopes for their event and want to make sure that all involved have a positive experience.
“Ultimately, I just want to put on a great show that’s fun for those watching and performing. I’m hoping that this will strengthen students’ performing ability and consequently rid them of their stage fright,” said Alt.