Talent show was one for ages


(Audio by MARY LYNES SUTTON, Gazebo Staff. Video of junior girls dance at end.)

Eighteen Stratford students — and upper school history teacher — rolled out their singing, musical and dancing talents on stage at the Henry Tift Fine Arts Center on Wednesday night in front of a large and enthusiastic crowd.

The songs ranged from pop to oldies to classical and patriotic and jazz. Junior Walker Gibbons played the guitar and sang an original song he wrote, “Feel Like This.” J.R. Gumarin, Shawn Shivdat, Anna Kat Boswell, Michelle Tang and Jocelyn Tang all played the piano.

History teacher Matt Stewart opened the show with “Mac the Knife.” (Photo by MAGGIE THORNSBERRY, Gazebo Staff)

Aaron Arnold, Jake Edwards, Nathan Dillard and Kevin McGean offered a rousing rendition of “God Bless the USA.”

History teacher Matt Stewart emceed the show and warmed up the crowd with the Bobby Darin classic, “Mac the Knife.”

The junior girls closed the show with their traditional dance.


Here is a list of the performances:

“Falling Slowly” – Walker Gibbons and Conner Hefner

“Skinny Love” – Cameron Walsh and J.R. Gumarin

“Ex’s & Ohs” – Lily Howe, Anna Katherine Boswell, and Paul Jerles

“Oh Believer” – Shawn Shivdat and Sarah Kate Sellers

“Feel Like This” – Walker Gibbons

“God Bless the USA” – Aaron Arnold, Jake Edwards, Nathan Dillard, and Kevin McGean

Maggie Thornsberry and Sanford Caroline Neel get ready for the junior girls dance. (Photo by ANNA BELLE TOMLIN, Gazebo Special Correspondent)

“Love Yourself” – Conner Hefner, Jack Renfroe, and Ally Parker

“Cannon in D” – Michelle Tang and Jocelyn Tang

“Jazz Improv” – J.R. Gumarin

“Say” – Ginny Anne Pinson and Abby Henry

“Defying Gravity” – Savannah Alday and Jessica Minchew

Junior Girls Dance