Students of Elkin High School spearheaded a campaign to support downtown Elkin’s Reeves Theater Sunday.
Students of Beth Felts’ Project Management II class organized a showcase of youth and adult talent titled “Elkin’s Got Talent,” which allowed audience members to text in votes to determine the winner for each category.
The event was held in Elkin High’s Dixon Auditorium and was comprised of six youth presentations and four adults.
“Double Explosion’” sang a duet version of Bruno Mar’s “Grenade.”
“Sassy Sisters” danced, and “Lightning Beat” sang. Isabella Brumfield played the recorded and Kayla Felts sang a solo. Mary-Claire Hooper performed on her violin with an accompanying guitar player.
Adult acts included a mixture of students and adults known as “Harris and Harmony,” which sang “Wagon Wheel” and “Just as I am.”
“The Wild Bunch” sang “Leroy Brown,” and Collin Morton performed a rap. Damaris Minoso played the piano and sang a song she composed about her faith.
Each person or group performed, then after all the contestants in each age group finished they were all brought on stage together as the auditorium’s projector screen was lowered.
Audience members were given a number to text to and a number for each contestant. The audience selected a contestant and their number and voted.
Tallies were totaled immediately and shown on screen.
The winner for the youth event was Mary-Claire Hooper with her violin performance.
Collin Morton and ‘Harris and Harmony’ tied for first place in the adult category. The unexpected tie was broken by ‘Harris and Harmony,’ who said they had had fun and would rather Collin win the first place award.
The group instead placed second.
All the acts were brought on stage together to close the show out with a singing of “I’ll Fly Away.”
Time Sawyer performed between the two categories. Students in Felt’s class performed skits in between acts as contestants took and left the stage.
The show raised money for the Reeves Theater Restoration Project, aimed at renovating and modernizing the historic theater.
Felts and her class hoped to have the event at the theater, but a car wreck during the winter left the building condemned and unable to house the audience.
The restoration is currently trying to raise money for a new heating and air system for the facility.
Felts said the students in her class are responsible for designing a community service project and carrying it out with minimal adult supervision. The class is composed of three seniors, a junior, and a sophomore.
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