Pres and St. Pat’s Pack St. John’s for Annual Talent Show

Aisling Shire, Hanna Herlihy, Emma Buckley and Caoimhe Dairo clearly enjoying their ‘sister act’ during the Presentation / St. Patrick’s joint and annual talent show at St. John’s Hall. Photograph: Katie O’Reilly.

Presentation and St. Patrick’s Secondary school students hosted their annual talent show in a packed St. John’s Presentation School Hall at the end of January.

Many students made their debut as singers, dancers, actors, poets and musicians on stage and are already talking about next year’s show.

Review by: Anne Laurent / Photography by Katie O’Reilly

Presenters, Kate O Connor and Darragh Kelly, both TY students, introduced all the acts with professionalism and panache and all the painstaking practice certainly paid off for all concerned.

Rambling House Scene

The show opened with a traditional Rambling House Scene which is going from strength to strength every year.

Our talented students from both schools put in a lot of practice to put together a great production of traditional music, song and dance, entertaining the ‘Bean agus Fear an Tí’ as the enthusiastic audience clapped along.

The students promised variety in abundance and they didn’t disappoint; with stellar performances from solo singers, Hannah Herlihy, Cillian Butler, Micheál Nix, April O’Connor, Alannah O’Leary and Siobhan Brosnan and 1st year`s rendition of the ‘Cup Song.’

Accomplished Musicians

Accompanied by our accomplished musicians, Eibhlís Brosnan and Kelly Ann Nix on keyboard, Alannah O’Leary, Micheál Nix, Padraig Heffernan and Jack McCrohan on guitar and Ciarán Crowley on accordion and spoons!

This year`s show had a particularly international theme with the first and second year students performing a song and dance routine to the French song ‘Tous les Garcons’ and the Spanish song ‘Vivir mi vida.’

Antonella’s Croatian Number

Antonella Vidakovic also delighted us with a Croatian Majorette number!

A great variety of dances were performed by girls from first to third year including modern hip-hop, country & western, Rock `n Roll from the musical Grease and Sophie Walsh captivating us with her gracious ballet ‘Cinderella,’

Featuring strongly this year across all year groups from first to sixth year, were our talented local Irish dancers performing the brush dance, polkas and an originally choreographed finale dance that put Riverdance in the shade, all expertly choreographed by Mary Philpot.

Chewing Gum and Playground Blues

There was story-telling in many forms including Katelyn Curtin recounting a very amusing story about an amadáin and his hat, poetry renditions of ‘The Chewing Gum and Playground Blues’ from the first year boys and Ian O’Neill`s moving tribute to Leonard Cohen.

While showing off their acting skills, third year and TY students from both schools, filled the hall with laughter performing comical sketches based on the popular TV shows: Dancing with the Stars; Family Fortunes and Brooklyn 99.

Have It All

The show came to a close with all students returning to the stage to sing out Jason Mraz`s ‘Have it all.’

Principals, Katherina Broderick and Denis O’Donovan thanked all students and teachers involved for making the sell-out show a resounding success.

Well done to all and don`t forget to book your tickets on time for next year’s performance.