December 14, 2018

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

 

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2015

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

Lila Kunkle was endearingly quirky as she sang, “I Speak 6 Languages.”

With a packed and appreciative audience at the Community House on Saturday, October 17, the 2015 Topanga Talent Show was a hit with kids and adults alike.

Presented by Topanga Youth Services and directed by Karen Cooke, the show was emceed by the young

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2015

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

(l-r) Elliot Leary, Caleb Briskman and Indy Leary brought the Community House to a fever pitch when they led everyone in Queen’s “We Will Rock You”. (Someone has sure guided a lot of the kids to some cool songs!)

Caleb Briskman, Indy Leary and Elliot Leary who provided witty patter and comic relief.

While all acts were welcome, music was the main theme with impressive performances from the Coyotes of Topanga’s Rock ‘n’ Roll to Folk, Pop, Country, original compositions and even a ukulele band.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2015

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

Mikayla Williams, accompanied by Kevin Williams, could really hit the impossibly high notes in Aha’s "Take on Me."

To add variety, there were the young dancers from Melanie Kareem’s Middle Eastern Dance School and Zane Wnuck spun magic with a flow staff.

Once again, the annual show was a testament to how accomplished and brave many kids are in the Canyon to show up and perform like champs.

“The talent was really strong this year,” Cooke said. “It was a nice mix of ages and skills; there were a few kids who returned and many new people. All of them were successful.”

In addition to the kids, Cooke wanted to give a shout out to the parent volunteers who made the show possible: Jenni Billings, Rhonda Conry, Peer Anton, Karen Seeberg, Kelly Constantine, Kamakshi Hart, Lorelei Leary, Claire Chapman, Jill Williams, Dan Ubick, Murray Shaw, Neil Shaw, Tom Mitchell and Donna Fedenko Fedorowycz.

For next year’s show, Cooke is taking suggestions from the kids on her TYS Facebook page and at their website: www.topangayouthservices.org.

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Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

Honor Lucia Rodan sweetly sang Allison Gray’s “Off my Mind.”

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2015

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

Not only did the huge ensemble, Young Coconuts, play ukuleles for their rendition of Vance Joy’s “Riptide” but they sang in perfect harmony.”

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2015

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

Delightful diva Aurora Finetti sang “The Greatest Star” from Funny Girl.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2015

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

Pictures don’t do justice to Zane Wnuck’s spinning illuminated Flow Staff.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2015

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

Paria Grether poured her heart into John Legend’s “All of Me."

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2015

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

Marley Rose performed a poignant dance routine to Adele’s “Someone Like You.”

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2015

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

It you didn’t dance around when The Coyotes of Topanga played Kiss’ “I Wanna Rock n’ Roll” maybe you needed to check your pulse.

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Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

The Gage Brothers were a triple threat for their rendition of “Wabash Cannonball."

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2015

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

Sami Ferra sang Tori Kelly’s “Confetti” so sweetly.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2015

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

Slater Anton played an original tribal piece, “Evening Breeze."

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2015

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

Marleigh Ippolito sings "Fight Song."

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2015

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

Levko Fedorowycz brought a little classical flavor to the show with Concerto in G Major, Op. 34 by O. Reiding.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2015

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

Adorable Nora Lee, accompanied by Matt Young sang “Right Now” by Sabrina Carpenter.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2015

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

Leela Ladnier sang “Let’s Hear It for the Boy” from Footloose with infectious enthusiasm and style.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2015

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

Mr. Noh (Nico Savaro) played the original song, “The Sting” about misadventures with an insect or possibly romance gone wrong.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2015

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

Dora Liisa Meriste sang such an incredible version of current chart-topper “Shut Up and Dance” by Walk the Moon that it was hard to stay in your seat.

PHOTO BY KATIE DALSEMER MESSENGER © 2015

Kids’ Talent Reigns Supreme at Topanga Youth Services Show­­­

Valentina Silardi sang “Georgia On My Mind” with such soul and finesse it would have made Ray Charles proud.