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Proving their talents

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By Kirsten Laskey

It’s the road to fame for the Los Alamos High School Hilltoppers. After playing a video game, a group of students decide they have what it takes to become a real rock ‘n roll band and set out to claim their fame. Want to find out what happens? The story unfolds during the Topper Revue, which begins Friday.While on their journey, the band of rock ‘n roll wanna-bes, made up of the revue emcees, will introduce the other performers who have also set out to prove they have talent. An opera diva, glow stick twirlers, ballroom dancers, members of the LAHS color guard and others will shine in the limelight.The emcees – Ryan Gallen, Alia George, Kelly Greeff, Alyse Jalbert, Calen McKenzie and Nathan Cournoyer, do not just merely introduce the different acts; they also perform little skits between numbers.Their role goes beyond performing; the six-member team also created the theme for the talent show and wrote the script.Nina Saunders, sponsor of the Olions Thespian Club, said the group brainstormed 40 ideas and selected the rock ‘n roll theme as the best. During Christmas break, the students wrote the script.While McKenzie said it was a lot of work, and “definitely a challenge” to keep the script funny, they also learned to listen to each other.As cheesy as it sounds, Greeff added, they learned a lot about teamwork.The payoff, they agreed, is hearing people laugh.The revue should be a crowd pleaser because it is not the just the Olions taking the stage; representatives of many different school groups are participating, Cournoyer said.“It gives other students a chance to show their talents even if they are not in Olions,” George said.Students seemed to take full advantage of this opportunity bringing 17 acts to the show.“I’ve been really pleased ee (these are) very talented kids,” Saunders said. “I think it’s a really good show to showcase what we have at Los Alamos High School.”Stage manager Brianna Piolon added, “I think the audience every year enjoys it.”The talent is widespread. For instance, Susan Hargreaves, dressed in a pink satin hooped skirt, will be performing a song from the “Phantom of the Opera.” “I’m pretty excited about it,” she said.With experience singing with the Santa Fe Opera, Hargreaves seems like a natural opera diva. In fact, Hargreaves’ voice coach selected the song and after hearing it, she said she had to have it.Additionally, Scott Antos, Landon Sutcherland, Josh Willms and Lisa Marie Nortier will show off their moves with glow sticks.Willms explained they had seen others perform elaborate twirls with glow sticks tied to string. “We thought it was really cool,” he said.Meanwhile, members of the high school ballroom club will be tearing up the dance floor with their rendition of “Rockin’ Robin.”Dancers include Elise Dinehart, Chip Carter, Miles Mojica, Susan Cafferey, Josh Goodey, Tiffany Nasise, Ryan Elson, Stephanie Koch, Malcolm Braughton, Ryan Stupka, Erin Dinehart, Matt Whicker, Michael Jones and Christy Day.It’s the first time the dancers have performed in the revue. “We get to have fun,” Carter said.“We get to hang out and dance, which we all love to do,” Elise Dinehart said. “Everyone loves to dance.”Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Friday, and at 6 p.m. Saturday. There will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Sunday. The show will continue to run at 7 p.m. Feb. 7,8 and 9. All performances are held at Duane Smith Auditorium.Tickets are $7 for students and $12 for adults. Students showing their Winter Ball tickets Saturday, get $2 off admission. To make reservations, call Saunders at 663-2564.