Talent takes the stage

On Thursday, Feb. 5, Chargers showed that they were much more than statistics and test scores by showcasing a wide variety of talents at the annual talent show, Chargers Got Talent.

Chaired by Seniors Eunjin Seo and Skyler Hunter, the event drew a crowd of supportive students, family and administrators to the cafeteria. Despite an initial shortage of auditions, emcees Seniors Anuja Patel and Mitch Brown were able to introduce fourteen acts that included singing, dancing and a sneak peek at Drama’s upcoming musical, The Boy Friend .

Audience members cheered for Junior Brody Sarpa’s dance moves, clapped to the rhythm of Juniors Benjamin Lee and Natalie Munoz ’s rendition of “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, applauded Senior Maddie Rose’s acapella spin on “Since You’ve Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson and even turned on their smartphone lights to sway to Juniors Sandhya Iyer and Annie Hancock’s duet performance. Performers worked hard to elicit such an energetic response.

“[Our Bollywood dance group] met three or four times a week for a couple hours each. It was a great experience because we went on feeling super nervous, but we came off feeling proud that we had done it,” Sophomore Anusha Goyal said.

Seniors Skyler Hunter, Tony Zhang and Omid Kahnamouei, joined by alumnus Victor Chau, flew across the stage during their parkour act, backflipping over tables, the steps to the stage and even other team members. Zhang was able to demonstrate the skills he learned as a member of the San Jose Parkour Team.

Three acts later, Seniors Rory Buckman, Spencer Williams and Shayan Saalabi performed the comedy song “Jenny,” which told the tale of an awkward encounter between two supposed lovers and elicited laughs from the audience.

“I haven’t laughed that hard for a long time,” Sophomore Sarah Kirby said. “It was delightfully awkward.”

Sophomore Raymond Yang brought something unfamiliar to the stage: a poi act, a performing art style that originated in New Zealand. Yang used swinging tethered lights to create rhythmic patterns and glowing geometric shapes. Yang wanted to start a poi club at the school, but was unable to due to fear of spreading rave culture.

“I wanted to show that poi is not the same as glowstringing at raves. It is actually a performing art, like dance. It’s a form of freedom of expression, and it’s fun,” Yang said.

Anticipation for the next talent show has already begun. Sophomore Brandon Liu, who performed Chinese yo-yo tricks that he learned in Taiwan at both the talent show and Leland Bridge Night, intends to further his talent by performing with a double yo-yo next year.

The smooth execution of the show was due in large part to the cooperation of all the contributors backstage, including the sound crew, light crew and members of ASB.

“It was a lot of work for a lot of people, and we had to stay on top of things, but it was definitely worth it,” Hunter said.