Contact: Tammy Barnes or Christine Delaney 517-278-6029
COLDWATER – With his rendition of Chuck Berry’s, “Jonny B. Goode” Zane Tucker stole the show at the 12th annual “Spotlight On Teens” Talent Show at the Tibbits Opera House on Saturday, May 30 earning him first place in the competition.
A 16-year-old home school student from Coldwater, Tucker made a lasting impression on both judges and audience members, winning $100 for first place and $50 for the Text Voting Audience Choice Award. Second place was awarded to Kenydee Otto, a ninth grader at Coldwater High School. Otto tap danced to Michael Jackson’s “Gotta to be Startin’ Somethin’,” choreographed by Doug Brown. She took home $75. Coldwater High School’s Sarah Odom and Helen Blansit won third place honors and $50 with a clever skit using monologues, songs and a ukulele. Lexi Galliers was the youngest winner at age 11 taking fourth place for her rendition of “Let Her Go.” Quincy High School student Kailey Thorn earned fifth place and an Audience Choice Award for her signing presentation to “I Won’t Give Up,” taking home $25.
Judges for the event were Kathy Armstrong a long-time supporter of Tibbits and TYA, Coldwater High School alum and Michigan State University alum Josh Drzewicki, and WTVB Station Manager Ken Delaney.
The Teen Talent Show is a project of Tibbits-Theatre and Beyond, or T-Tab, a group of middle and high school students who enjoy theatre. Group members strives to learn and expand their theatre opportunities through workshops, hands on experience, performance and producing their own show. T-Tab members Kaitlyn Colyer and Mary Tate were the emcees for the event while Connor Michael was the producer. Michayla Lock was the assistant director and stage manager. Linzy Monks handled tech responsibilities while Jazmyne Sours, Mae Blansit and Meghan Barnes provided stage assistance.
While results were being tallied T-TAB members presented a skit which showcased their comedic talents, singing abilities and dance moves. The performance was dedicated to former T-Tab leader Carolyn Stewart who passed away last fall. It was developed and written by the group of teens who meet regularly during the year for workshops and theatre activities.
Any student who would like information on joining T-Tab can call the Tibbits at 278-6029 or visit the web site at www.Tibbits.org. The group’s next activities will be participation in Coldwater’s Strawberry Festival and the parade at Sturgis Fest.
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