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Stars are born at the Proctor variety show

One of the most anticipated community events, the Proctor variety show, took place Thursday, Feb. 16 as part of Proctor Elementary and Proctor High School's spirit week and winter carnival. The variety show included a community pot luck dinner where attendees enjoyed great food and conversation while talented students and community members prepared to go on stage.

PHS Instrumental Director Aaron Audet has produced the variety show for the past 13 years.

"This event is always well attended, one of the biggest things of the year," said Audet.

Anyone from the town can audition for the show. Auditions are held about a month before. Talent for the show ranges from singers, dancers, skits, comedians, juggling and even hula hoops.


Mike Knowles was once again the Master of Ceremonies introducing the acts and keeping the crowd entertained while waiting for the next talented young performer to take the stage.

Many performers have participated in the talent show for years. Alyssa Valerio, who is currently a sophmore at PHS, has sung a song each year since she was about 9 years old. This year Alyssa chose to sing a song by Alanis Morissette.

"I love doing the talent show, it's so much fun to be able to sing in front of my town and my friends. It's just a lot of fun," Valerio said.

PROCTOR _ Alyssa Valerio

Her father, Matt Valerio, has also contributed to her act by playing guitar in Alyssa's performances. This year he was also invited to play a number with the PHS rock band.

"The variety show gets the whole community together in a positive setting" said Matt Valerio reflecting on what the show means to the town.

This years show started off with an electric dance performance involving Hailey Wood, Brittany Gates, Courtney Currier, Olivia Valerio, Leah LoCascio, Maddie French and Abby McKearin. Next there were three singing acts Maxine Tilden, Kiersten Williams and the duo of Miranda Blake and Sierra Thornton. The only other dance performance of the night was a routine by Isabel Valerio and Emerson Pomeroy who danced to "Better Than Revenge" by Taylor Swift which included a great demonstration of their gymnastic abilities.

There were two instrumental performance, Madison Fetterolf played the piano while Marvin Atwood rocked the crowd with his version of "Hey Joe" by Jimi Hendrix. Allison Almond, who is a crowd favorite every year due to her very emotional dramatic singing performances, once again performed a Bruno Mars song that got the crowd chanting her name for more.

Other singers on the night included Sarah Varney, Brielle Robinson, Chris Thomas and Joelle Jepson. The PHS Rock Band performed a very funny skit called "More Cowbell" made famous by Christopher Walken and the Saturday Night Live crew.

Then, PHS alumnus Jordan Sno, showed up for a surprise peformance. He joined the rock band for his rendition of "Mustang Sally" that got the crowd clapping. The band also backed up member Matt Scarzello as he closed the night with a fun Tom Jones number "Its Not Unusual."

A special thanks goes out to the Music Boosters, Academic Boosters, Our Yard and the elementary PTO. Congratulations to all the performers who did a wonderful job entertaining the community once again this year.

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