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Performers shine at Strawberry Festival Talent Show | SLIDESHOW
MARYSVILLE — The Marysville-Pilchuck High School auditorium came alive with footsteps, instruments and song on Thursday, June 14, at the Marysville Strawberry Festival Talent Show once again took to its stage with 30 contestants.
While breakdancer Shonn Anderson had won the overall award during last year’s Talent Show, this year that distinction went to seven of his fellow alums of the P2Dance Studio in Marysville, who showed up in coordinated graffiti-covered hoodies and pants to breakdance to the appropriately named “Graffiti.”
Victoria Wade, Shayne Anderson, Albee Abigania, Chloe Bosse, Matt Dixon, Khayla Shipman and Ellie House not only demonstrated the dance moves they’d practiced together since September of last year, but also set themselves apart with a set piece that made them appear to be part of a graffiti-tagged wall.
“Our costumes and dances allow us to express ourselves artistically,” Abigania said.
The P2Dance Studio crew also took first place in the Vocal, Dance and Instrumental Ages 13 and Up category.
In the other categories, Taylor Bradshaw’s sassy jazz dance to “Fabulous” earned her first place in the Vocal and Dance Ages 4-8 category, while Victoria Steward took first for singing and playing piano to “Someone Like You.”
First place in the Dance Ages 9-11 category went to DeQuira Parker, December Brickey, Abby Welborn, Emma Bosse and Wyatt White for jazz-dancing to “Runaway Baby,” while Elsa Mastrude nabbed first in the Vocal and Piano Ages 11-12 category for her piano solo of “Toccata.”
In the Vocal and Dance Ages 11-12 category, Brianna Jason scored first place for her singing of “Notice Me Horton,” while Courtney Klawuhn did the same in the Vocal Age 13 category for singing “Beautiful.”
A ribbon dance to “Pure Pizazz netted Makenzie Ferguson, Tamara Sevao, Shyann Young and Casmir Canares first in Vocal and Dance ages 14-18, and returning performer Nate Pitocco’s singing and piano-playing of Tom Petty’s “Breakdown” — which he wryly dedicated to his ex-girlfriend — nabbed him first in Vocal and Instrumental Ages 16-19.
In the Vocal and Instrumental Adult category, the Ferguson Family Band edged out fellow returning performer Les Lorang, as well as Marvin Fritze, by bringing guest bass guitarist Jim Erdmann on board to perform the Monkees’ “I’m a Believer.” Isabel Hulme, who received third place in Vocal and Piano Ages 11-12 for singing “Good Girl,” won the $25 prize for selling the most tickets to the Talent Show.