Talent Show draws a variety of performers to Marysville stage

MARYSVILLE — The Marysville Strawberry Festival Talent Show packed 30 competitors into the Marysville-Pilchuck High School auditorium June 17, as singers, dancers and other performers from 4-73 years showed an audience of close to 500 what they could do.

“The talent that’s out there just gets better and better every year,” Talent Show Director Marcy Giesler said.

Jazmyn Raether’s jazz dance to “Burnin’ Love” won first place in the ages 4-8 dance category, while top honors in the ages 7-11 vocal and dance category went to Victoria Steward, singing and playing piano for “The Climb.”

Caitlin Brossard’s hip-hop robot dance to “I’m a B” scored her first place in the ages 9-11 vocal, dance and instrumental category. Mandy Henrichsen, who won first place in the ages 13-14 vocal category for singing “The Girl in 14G” last year, pulled a repeat first-place win this year in the ages 13-14 vocal and instrumental category by belting out “Don’t Rain on My Parade.”

Carly Calbero’s singing and guitar-playing of her original song, “Middle Age 13,” netted her top honors in the ages 16-17 vocal category, while Corinne Taylor’s dance performance of Michael Jackson’s “Drill,” in Jackson-style epaulettes and shades, received first place in the ages 16-18 vocal and dance category.

Sami Hall had been one of the first-place winners of last year’s ages 8-17 dance category for her group’s jazz dance of “Steam Heat,” and she won first in the ages 18-21 vocal and dance category for dancing to “Spanish Rose.” On the other end of the spectrum, Leslie Lorang has only recently started singing in public, but his rendition of “Some Enchanted Evening” was awarded first place in the vocal adult category.

David Clay, Geoffrey Smith and Ron Averill rounded out the evening’s entertainment with their folksy performance of a jug band song from the early 20th century, which received first place in the vocal and instrumental category.

Haley Downey’s harp-playing of “Baroque Flamenco” won her not only first place in the ages 13-14 vocal and instrumental category, but also top honors overall for the Talent Show, along with a seat in the Strawberry Festival Grand Parade.

“I’ve been playing since I was 8, so six years now this summer,” Downey said. “I first saw a standing harp being played in a restaurant, and the harpist let me sit in her lap and play the strings. When I found out she was a harp teacher, I had to learn how to play.”

Downey chose one of her favorite songs for the competition because of its fast pace. Although she appreciated the gift basket she received for her first-place overall win, she was quick to compliment her fellow performers as well.

“It was a total shock, since there was a lot of great talent,” Downey said.

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