Screams of delight and rounds of applause greeted each of the performers at Brookings-Harbor High School’s student talent show Wednesday night.
Lamar “50-Cal.” Bates performs an original rap piece titled “Life’s Changes” dedicated to his father who recently died of cancer. The Pilot/Jef Hatch
From the opening act of Brittney Lamar playing the national anthem on the cello to the very last smashing of a guitar by Sad Program’s front man Lawrence Lamar, the capacity crowd seemed to be thoroughly entertained.
Of the 13 acts performed, all but two included vocal stylings, and while most were covers of current pop tunes a few were original pieces.
Guided by the sometimes corny, sometimes original and constantly flowing jokes and banter by co-masters of ceremonies Jamie Macken and Christian Rushton, the evening progressed very smoothly from beginning to end.
The show opened with sophomore Courtney Watwood singing “Don’t Forget to Remember Me” by Carrie Underwood.
Senior Zach Konkel and junior Ben Bowers followed with a mash-up of Bon Iver’s “Towers” and “Skinny Love.”
Sophomore Addi Fitzgerald accompanied herself on piano to “I Will Follow You Into the Dark” by Death Cab for Cutie.
Second place finishers sophomore Erika Doyle and freshman Elizabeth Freeman sang an a capella version of “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, followed by the trio of sophomore Michaela George and seniors Alice Dutoit and Matt Raleigh playing piano and singing “Two Piano Lullaby” with original lyrics. The trio tied for third with second act lead duo Destiny Scrubb singing and Dutoit accompanying her on piano.
Scrubb’s rendition of “Summertime” invoked the spirit of its author Ella Fitzgerald and Scrubb brought the house down as she reared back and belted out the second refrain.
Juniors Lamar and Elias Mouritsen performed an original guitar and vocal piece called “Shader,” written by Lamar.
Sophomore Sam Strom sang and played guitar on the song “Kids” by MGMT while accompanied by Bowers on piano.
Senior Lamar Bates, aka “50-Cal.,” took first place and the $50 prize with an original rap, “Life’s Changes,” written for his father who recently passed away from cancer.
“It feels awesome, amazing,” Bates said. “My dad passed away week before last of cancer. I wrote this for him before he died, but I’m writing a tribute for him, too.
“I’d like to thank my dad for all he did for me and I know he’s watching over me and I love him.”
Bates has plans to pursue rapping as a career following graduation from BHHS.
“I want to follow my dreams to be a rapper and be big, you know,” he said following his performance.
Bates was followed by the only act in the show that didn’t involve students singing; juniors Easton Scaggs and Mariahn Seavello dancing an original choreography to “Lucky Strike” by Maroon 5.
Sophomore Linzee Murray (piano/vocals) and senior Mariah Baron (vocals) performed “Stay” by Rhianna as the penultimate act.
The show closed with the self-proclaimed boy band “Sad Program” fronted by Lawrence Lamar (guitar/vocals) and backed by Mouritsen (guitar), Andrew Simmons (bass) and Diondre Runyon (drums).
Lamar closed their original piece, “Reject,” by smashing an electric guitar to pieces on the stage to much applause.
The judges, Ron and Rose Hedenskog, Jenifer Berger and Amber Jacobson took a moment to finish up the last scoring and then the ballots were tallied by Leif Appanaitis before being presented to the emcees.
The sophomore class’ leadership team -— Addi Fitzgerald, Scotty Hedenskog, Kendall Hicks, Alex McKee, Kimberly Medina and Tommy Ward — ran the talent show as a fundraiser for activities such as dances, and raised $917 to use for future events.