Excitement was in the air the night of April 28 at Vision Charter Academy's talent show. This talent show was the first VCA has hosted. The stage was lit. The proud audience of friends, family and teachers waited in anticipation. Students, preparing to perform, lined the bottom of the stairs. The show itself did not disappoint. The Performing Arts Center was filled with generous applause as student after student presented their particular talent or skill.
There was quite a variety of style to each performance. The first half of the evening contained musicians while the second half was made up of more active performances such as dances and gymnastics routines. The night opened up with Kalli Chapman taking the stage singing Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah." Her breathtaking performance was followed by flowing piano pieces, a whimsical violin, more skilled singers, and even poetry. After the brief intermission the stage was transformed as the piano was hidden and balance beams and mats took the stage floor. For the rest of the evening the audience was treated to beautiful dance performances, upbeat gymnastics routines, and even kindergarten karate student Luke Green. The show came to a conclusion with Olivia Lindsay and Autumn Cordell rendering their artistic impression of Katy Perry's "Brave." When their routine came to a close, the girls held up a sign with the word "Brave" emblazoned on it and then tossed small candies toward the audience, much to the delight of young audience members.
Teri Kinkade, the executive director of Vision Charter Academy, said "I think this was an amazing performance for our first Vision Charter Academy talent show. It is so great that our learners do all of this as a part of their individual learning plans. If they have a passion for dance, for singing, for piano, for poetry they can focus on that, as well as their core academics. It is pretty exciting to see them excel in this way. We've got some really talented kids!"
All in all, the event was a major success for the charter school. There are many parents who should be extremely proud of the talent presented that evening.