Haigh School has Talent
by Gloria Lavoie
Salem High School’s Seifert Auditorium was filled with budding stars, aspiring actors and unique talent as Haigh School’s Kindergarten through 5th grade students participated in a Family Variety Show last Wednesday.
Students and their families were thoroughly entertained by 31 various 2-minute acts. Performances ranged from cheerleading routines, hip hop and 80s dance routines and soloists to Shakespeare spoofs, outstanding displays of gymnastic abilities and an impressive drum solo. A charming rendition of the classic skit from Sesame Street called “There’s a hole in the bucket” humored the audience. One student performed Neil Diamond’s Sweet Caroline; complete with audience participation. A brother and sister duo performed a song they composed together encouraging their fellow classmates to follow their dreams and to always try their hardest.
School Librarian Donna Felpel is the devoted party responsible for organizing this yearly event. “We have a lot of really, really talented children at our school,” she announced. Shouts of “We love you Mrs. Felpel” were heard as Felpel closed the show with a message to the families of the school’s fifth grade class, “We are family,” she explained. “We have spent 5 years together and now they are leaving us. It feels like our own children are leaving. We love you,” she said warmly.
The show flowed seamlessly and there was not a bit of stage fright from the tiny but talented student body. “It was awesome,” said Rachel Barrett. Barrett’s daughter Cheyenne dance and lip synced Cindi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” with her best friend Catherine Harnois.
Perhaps the highlight of the 90 minute show was when the teachers surprised the audience with a secretly choreographed routine and rendition of the 1979 dance hit “We are Family.” The youngsters in the audience went wild with excitement and screamed with delight as their teachers and favorite librarian hit the stage wearing sunglasses and matching Haigh Hornets t-shirts.
“The best part was the teachers act,” said Barrett. “We have the best school ever,” she added.