For your viewing pleasure: 2009 ‘Topper Revue delights

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By Kirsten Laskey

This year’s ‘Topper Revue has six teenagers trapped in a DVD. In addition to this dilemma, these teens get chased by a tap dancing ghost, scramble to find clues for who put them in their present predicament, but still manage to see a great deal of talent along the way.

In fact, these young sleuths are actually the emcees for the revue, which is presented by the Los Alamos High School Olions Thespian Club. Wearing snazzy CB Fox tuxes, the emcees introduce the audience to youngsters who not only sing and dance, but also do magic tricks, perform stunts on a unicycle and play the piano.

All the students shine in the spotlight. The skits are funny, the dancing is impressive and the music performances are stunning.

While everyone deserves a hardy applause for having the guts to get up on stage before a large crowd to perform their talent, a few students really blew the audience away.

Catherine Chen performed Ginastera’s “Sonata No. 1 Op. 22,” beautifully. Hearing such a professional performance from a high school student is impressive and it is easy to see why Chen wins so many competitions and scholarships for her music.

Another highlight is hearing Kayla and Maneesha perform, “Like a Star.”  The duo’s sweet, mellow sounds are a treat to hear. Praise also should go to Josh Dolin, one of the most versatile performers of the revue. Whether he is imitating high school teachers or being a lip-synching teeny bopper, Dolin proved his acting range and talent is pretty expansive.

Emcees have a lot of talent of their own. They not only created the whole concept of the revue, but they presented it very cleverly.

The start of the revue, with its video presentation and computer graphics, is really clever and the emcees do a great job keeping the energy going all throughout the show.  

The 2009 ‘Topper Revue shows just how much young people can do and that their list of talents are really endless.

The talent show will continue at 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and at 8 p.m. Saturday at Duane Smith Auditorium. General admission costs $12 and tickets for students and seniors cost $7.