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‘Topper Revue in review

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By Alexandra Hehlen

Mix together some hilarious emcees, musical talent, innovative dance moves, talented vocalists, creative skits and deep poetry and you get ’Topper Revue, a talent show put on by students at Los Alamos High School.
The first show was at 7 p.m. Feb. 1 in the Duane Smith Auditorium. As people poured into the auditorium, an animated buzz filled the air and the crowd waited in anticipation for the show.
’Topper Revue began with a video introducing the emcees, who are all seniors: Orli Shlachter, Gary Cooper, Monica Poston, Cassidy Reeves, Dallin Parker and Daniel Hill.
Each host had a different personality, with Shlachter as the witty one; Cooper as the self-obsessed prima donna; Poston as the quirky creative free spirit; Reeves as the fearless adventurer; Parker as the athlete; and Hill as the all-knowing bibliophile.
The theme of this year’s show was “Survivor: The Ultimatum,” where the emcees struggled to survive on a tropical island in a tough competition for a mysterious scholarship — with regular interspersion of the performing acts, of course.
There was a wide variety of vocal acts. Among others, two were boy bands, one was a duet by sisters Samantha and Alexandra Hammon, and another was an ensemble of five girls who sang about “100 Easy Ways to Lose a Man.”
Nate Hall, Devon McCleskey, Todd Zollinger and Ethan Clements serenaded a raffle winner from the audience with “Can You Feel the Love Tonight?” and had the audience laughing by the end of their performance.
There were three dance acts, two of which were creative and well executed.
The other act seemed to last a bit too long for the audience’s attention span and the choreography was at times redundant.
Dana Crooks, Todd Zollinger and Daniel Dahl performed an ingenious skit that showed how a simple switch in props can completely alter the meaning of a dialogue.
Their skit caused the audience to burst into laughter.
Aaron Nguyen and Sarah Park took the elementary-school-type hand clap to a whole new level.
The two performers sat at a desk, on which they clapped their hands with precise timing. They also clapped their hands together in every possible way to the tune of catchy music.
Daniel Dunning mastered Beethoven’s, “Moonlight Sonata” with a dramatic flair, and Crooks and Diego Cardiel performed an insightful, articulate slam poem about the extremes people go to for social acceptance.
The show flowed well from one performance to the next. After each act, the audience’s attention was drawn back to the emcees, who were struggling in their survival situation, throughout the whole show.
After the last act, the emcees finally finished their quest for survival and thus their competition for the scholarship.
However, none of the emcees, won the award.
LAHS Principal Sandra Warnock, the founder of the imaginary scholarship, told the emcees that their senior class had played enough pranks this year.
By sending the emcees through an arduous journey for an award she finally denied them, she said it was her turn to joke around.
Although the emcees’ quest for survival was an ordeal to no avail, the audience got a kick out of the show and had the chance to admire some true teenage talent.