As we reach the end of the first semester at VSP we all anticipate with excitement the upcoming Talent Show. This year we received over 150 video audition submissions from students. It was so great to see so many students at VSP with passion for performance and eagerness to participate in the show. In our Performing Arts Department, we have the difficult task of reviewing all the footage and selecting the performers for the shows. We wish that we could have every single student perform in the Talent Show, but unfortunately the time limits make this impossible.
This year the format of the Talent Show had to change because VSP has grown substantially. The student body had an increase with the new classes of 5th and 9th grade. This is why we had to made adjustments and instead of having only one show like we did last year, this year we will have 3 separate shows which will feature over 100 students onstage. Thanks to the increased number of shows, all students at VSP will be able to see a wide range of talent ranging from dance and music performances to magic shows, rubik’s cube experts and roller-skating prodigies.
We applaud all the hard work and time which goes into preparing for the Talent Show. Students truly go far and beyond to be proactive in order to prepare for the show. This year we noticed a significant increase in the number of collaborative performances which auditioned for the show. Many students are practicing their risk-taking and creative skills to work with their friends and create original collaborative performances for the show. I am so proud of the work and performances that all the students have shared with us.
One side of the show that perhaps goes unnoticed is all the hard work behind the scenes from teachers in our Performing Arts Team, the school office, our activities coordinator, the logistics team, IT Department and the marketing team. The production process of planning for the shows started back in October with meetings and initial ideas about how we can improve this year’s edition of the VSP Talent Show. You will notice that we have a bigger stage, more student participants and a more organized system for receiving audition materials from students. I want to extend my most sincere appreciation to every single one of the teachers and staff who worked hard and tirelessly to plan for these shows in order to give our students a chance to shine onstage.