Two years ago CSMS hosted its first talent show. After a year off to focus on the premiere of District 75’s first musical, Beauty and the Beast, the talent show was reborn. With an audition process that began in the week preceding spring break, students had one month to polish their acts for their enthusiastic audience. Just like the sold-out musicals, the talent show involves a wide range of students for its production. Not only are the students the featured performers, but many other students contribute their own talents behind the scenes to make the evening a smashing success. District 75 students provided assistance with spotlights, served as running crew, and managed the technicalities of the sound for the evening.
Complementing the performances was a host of District 75 staff serving in other roles. Keeping the evening rolling was emcee Jeff Gange. Guest judges included Mike Sand (Assistant Principal), Scott Kanter (Multimedia Tools teacher), and Chelsea Hutchings (Mechanics Grove Music teacher). Rounding out the evening was the opportunity for audience participation to elect the 2019 Fan Favorite simply by voting by phone! Mrs Gupta states, "I am truly excited that we are able to bring back our CSMS talent show. You don't want to miss this showcase of talent!"
At the end of the evening, 8th graders Will Gonzalez and Matthew Kawa went home as the “Fan Favorites” for their vocal and piano duet and 6th grader Nalani Stanczak went home as the “Judges’ Champion” for her tap dance performance. The wide array of talented Carl Sandburg student performers left the audience entertained and anticipating what next year will bring.