By MIKE CHAIKEN
Bristol Central High School students will get to show their star quality this weekend when the annual Bristol Central’s Got Talent hits the stage.
The show opens at 7 p.m. on Saturday. It will feature a variety of acts including singers, dancers, sign language interpreters and even a student who can solve a Rubik’s cube in record time.
Grace Gagnon, a senior at Central, will be among those hitting the stage. Grace, a veteran of the show, will be performing for her last time at Central’s yearly event.
“This year, I am singing while my friend Josh Signore accompanies me,” explained Grace via email. “I am also in another number with Jordyn Gauvin and I am playing the piano and singing while she dances.”
Grace said, “I have always had a love for singing ever since I could talk. I’ve always been in musicals and taking private voice lessons.”
As for the piano, Grace said many people didn’t know that was among her skills. “I started playing when I was 10 years old. I took private lessons for five years and I decided that playing in front of my colleagues for my last talent show seemed fitting.”
When she is able to sing, Grace said, (It) is something that comes naturally to me and I don’t go a day without singing. I attend private voice lessons once a week, but when I am not lessons I sing in the car, the shower, while I clean my room – it’s something that’ll always make me feel good.”
As for her other talent, Grace is honest. “The piano doesn’t come as easy as singing, but the hard work makes it worth my while. Trying to a learn a piece is frustrating, but I get so into wanting to learn something fast that I’ll sit down at the piano and then three hours later I’ll have a piece almost perfect. I can’t think of a better feeling than having a song put together. Once I learn something I never stop playing because it’s a great stress reliever for me. When I learn a song that I can sing and play at the same time, it feels great because I get to do my two favorite things at once and forget about all my troubles in the world.”
When she gets up on stage, and steps before her peers and the rest of the audience, Grace said, “I will definitely be very nervous, especially because my friends have never heard me play the piano before. I will definitely be excited too because I’ve worked really hard on my performances and I would love for everyone to see them.”
Audiences should taken an interest in what she’s doing and the rest of the Central students are doing because “I’m doing something I’ve never done before and some really talented kids are also in the show. I think it’s interesting to see what everyone has to offer and to support what they love doing.”
Grace urged people to come out to the show on Saturday and show their support. “The community of Bristol should come check out the talented students that attend Bristol Central. Not only does the money support the sophomore class, but you will get to see some great acts.”
“Bristol Centrals Got Talent” will be performed in the auditorium at Bristol Central High School, 40 Wolcott St. on Saturday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 in advance and $8 at the door. Money raised will go toward the Class of 2016 and the Family Center Daycare and Preschool program. Refreshments will be provided by the Performing Arts Booster Club.
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