Wed, Feb 22, 2012 08:41 AM
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,"
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
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
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
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.