By Nicole Mendoza and Kristi Ann Hellebuyck
On September 26, New West presented Final Friday, the first of many to come. The show was hosted by none other than the charismatic Campbell Dixon. There were eight acts in total who were are willing to face the audience and showcase their talents.
First up was Jackson Mancuso who played dubstep violin. His performance was awesome! The music was a great way to start the show, and the speed at which he was playing was impressive to say the least. It was a unique twist on such a classic instrument, and everyone loved the modern presentation.
The energy continued with a Jonas Brothers lip syncing band. Jessye Alfaro and Madisyn Clark ‘sang’ their hearts out to the beloved song, Burning Up, while Eleanor Wolcott rocked the air guitar. With so much dancing and intensity, the audience began clapping along in no time. Look out JoBro’s, these three rocking girls are stealing your music and your moves!
Once this hilarious act had concluded, everyone had to do a 180 to watch Gemma Allen perform some 360’s. She danced to “She Looks So Perfect” by 5SOS and did an amazing job. Her technique was impeccable, and her moves were incredibly fluid. She got the entire crowd to clap along as she claimed the stage. The upbeat song got everyone on their feet as they watched they stunning performance.
After Gemma’s dance came to a dramatic conclusion, the “Wacky Shaft” improv team took the stage. The team included Nicole Mendoza, Ian Garcia, Jacob Donenfeld, Jaylen Poole, Jessye Alfaro, Campbell Dixon, and Nicolas Freedson. The team performed two improv games: 185 and Expert Challenge. 185 is a pun game involving filling in the blank with quick wit. The template is “185 ____ walk into a bar, the bartender says ‘sorry we don’t serve _____ here’ and the _____ respond with [insert pun here].” The audience gives suggestions as to what object will take the place of the blank. For example, one object was lions, so Jaylen said “185 lions walk into a bar, the bartender says ‘sorry we don’t serve lions here’ to which the lions responded with ‘that really hurt my pride.’” Everyone loves a good pun, so the team was a big hit.
Following ‘Wacky Shaft’ was another singer, Pablo Spaulding, who sang “Blackbird” by the Beatles. Heron his voice was pretty great. Owl always admire the bravery it takes to perform in front of your peers. I’m not yolking!! There were a few technical difficulties, but he pushed past them to create his own spin on the beautiful song.
Next was a very humorous act performed by Isabel Jacobs. She sang “Part of Your World” from the Little Mermaid but with a twist. Many language teachers warn us against using google translate as a way to complete homework, so she decided to put this to the test. She put the lyrics of the classic song through several layers of google translate, and sang those lyrics. The result? A slightly off, very hilarious version of the song. Ariel would have been very confused,
The amazing acts kept coming with a performance by Kaelyn Honadle. She sang yet another one of her brilliant original songs, accompanied by her guitar. She is a regular at Final Friday, and the audience loves to hear her unique sound. Therefore, it was no surprise when the crowd adored her latest tune. People hailed her as, “our very own Ed Sheeran,” saying that, “she will be famous one day.” Her future is even brighter than her sparkly leggings!*
The night ended with the spectacular performance of Silent Partner. Their band has not only performed at many Final Fridays, but at festivals outside of school. They are incredibly passionate about their music, and it definitely shows in their performances. The band includes lead singer Jack Shassberger, bass player Gabe Sarnoff, guitarist Tobias Raskin, and drummer Jake Pavlica. They played two original songs that really ended the night with a bang.
If you would like to hear more of their awesome music, check out their soundcloud link. http://m.soundcloud.com/silent-partner-band/sleepless-new-original-song-live
To see some of these amazing performances go to (and follow) New West Charter’s official instagram @nwchighschool. While you’re at it, also follow @niicolerosee.
This show was amazing to watch, and we’re looking forward to seeing what other hidden talents New West students have. Make sure to come to the event next month to support our school and peers!
*This is a joke. Kaelyn, if you’re reading this, we love you. Please don’t be offended.