BATTLE RISING: Students audition for school's first talent show

Wednesday, February 26, 2014 | 8:50 p.m. CST; updated 10:23 p.m. CST, Wednesday, February 26, 2014
Students auditioned for Battle High School's talent show on Wednesday. Whether singing or playing guitar, they overcame stage fright for the chance to take the stage.

COLUMBIA — Muriel Williams Battle High band director Robert Thalhuber wasn't sure what to expect from this year's talent show.

"It's a rolling with the punches kind of thing," Thalhuber said. 

This week, Battle High is having auditions for its first talent show. Thalhuber decided to have the talent show in the spring instead of the fall, so students could have a chance to settle in at the new school and time to make friends.

Freshman Emma Turner was skeptical about having to perform in front of everyone. She decided she wanted to try out, singing "Alone" by Celine Dion, as a part of a bet with her friend and her grandmother.

Junior Marques Thorpe performed a dance at the auditions with a mask on his face, like the Jabbawockeez from "America's Next Dance Crew." Thorpe has been dancing for almost three years and mainly taught himself by watching YouTube videos.

Another dancer, freshman Sheridan York, danced to dubstep for his audition. York said he dances a lot, often on the corner in front of the Daniel Boone Regional Library. 

About 10 students showed up for the auditions. Thalhuber said more students typically end up showing up the second day rather than the first day.

Variety is important when choosing acts for the show, Thalhuber said.

"We definitely want this vaudevillian experience where if you don't like what's on stage, in five minutes it'll be something completely different," he said.

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