Competition brings out the stars

Megan Carlin, winner of the Infants Category at the St Mary's Got Talent show
Megan Carlin, winner of the Infants Category at the St Mary's Got Talent show

The Barn in The Causeway played host on September 29 to the second St Mary’s Got Talent show.

The event was very well subscribed again with acts split across three age categories, a variety of different talents were on display including singing, dancing, instrumental performances, and some great magic.

With a panel of four judges on hand to offer comments and to select the winning acts for each category, they were very impressed by the talent on show.

Simon Parrott, a judge and chairman of the St Mary’s Home School Association, said of the event and acts on display: “What a brilliant night, and a fantastic opportunity to showcase the broad range of the talent we have at the school, which certainly made being a member of the judging panel a very difficult job.”

The winner of the Infants category, Megan Carlin, gave a very animated recital of ‘Little Red Riding Hood and The Wolf’ for an enthralled audience of almost 150 people. The Junior category was won by Abigail Turner, with a superb rendition of ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ which left hardly a dry eye in the house. Both winning acts in the Infant and Junior categories collected cheques on behalf of their teachers to spend on educational equipment.

The ‘All Comers’ category for children of secondary school age and adults was won by Billy Crook and Laura Marlow of “Billy Crook and the Girl Next Door”, with a great rendition of ‘Boomerang’ by The White Tee’s, complete Laura providing guitar accompaniment on stage, both were then welcomed back at the end of the show to perform ‘The White Hare’ by Seth Lakeman.

To the everyone’s delight, a new aspect of this year’s show included four unsuspecting audience members (Carl Smith-Haggert, Anna Caunter, Sarah Vind and Peter Ratcliffe), finding themselves competing in a dance-off of Irish Dancing after ten minutes of back stage rehersals under instruction of one of the Junior contestants, Amelia Knight.

This is the second year that the event has been run and next year’s St Mary’s Got Talent is already being planned, with several people in the audience on the night suggesting that they were already planning their acts for next year’s show!

It was an amazing evening enjoyed by all, which has kick started our fundraising year perfectly by generating £950.

Pictured here, Megan Carlin, winner of the Infants Category.