I’ve got talent
Panoply raises nearly $800 for arts center
A trip to the Sweet 16 by the Kansas University Jayhawks didn't keep too many Baldwin residents home Friday night. Many took the time to attend the first-ever Panoply Talent Show held at Rice Auditorium.
"It was a pretty smooth night," said Derek Flory, a junior at Baldwin High School who helped orchestrate the event. "It's really great how everyone showed up to support the arts center."
Panoply raised more than $750 to be donated to the Lumberyard Arts Center. Six BHS students, including Flory, organized the event along with BHS social studies teacher Sally Hoffsommer-Brecheisen.
State Rep. Tom Holland was the emcee, along with BHS seniors Phil Wagner and Cy Kueffer. They provided entertainment between the acts at Panoply.
"I hope we have the return of Tom Holland, Phil Wagner and Cy Kueffer next year as emcees," said Hoffsommer-Brecheisen. "They offered some classic humor at Baldwin's expense."
Panoply featured many of Baldwin's talented residents, young and old alike. Four age groups divided the 33 acts.
In the elementary division, there were eight entries, ranging from first graders through fifth graders. Fifth grader Luke Rhodes took the top prize for his playing of a Beethoven Sonata. He received $50 cash and a $1,275 scholarship to John Robert Powers modeling and talent agency. First grader Ethan Rhodes placed second and received $25. Second grader Allison Waymire placed third on the piano and received a prize package.
"I was really nervous," said fourth grader Mikaela Carson. "I've been in a lot of plays and really liked Panoply."
In the junior high division, eighth grader Lauren Johnson received first place with her vocal performance. Seventh grader Parker Duncan placed second on the piano and eighth graders Traci Bacon, Jessica Haskell, Jillian Hay, Kelsey Mallon and Alex Bergen placed third with their dance routine.
The high school division featured the most entries of the night with 12. Ninth grader William Duncan received first place on the piano, while the Baldwin City Tap and Jazz Company placed second. There was a tie for third place. Seniors Angie Bacon, Kalyn Fordemwalt and Kelsey Schiller shared the prize with William and Parker Duncan and their piano ensemble.
In the adult division, Stephanie Jarvis received first place with her vocal performance. Red X took home the second place crown and Louie White placed third with his vocal and guitar performance.
In both the adult and high school divisions, the first place winner received a $1,275 scholarship to John Robert Powers modeling and talent agency, along with $100 cash. Second place received $50 cash and third place received a prize package.
"(Panoply) was a great way to help out the community," said BHS junior Kyle Lauridsen. "The talent was surprising, especially from the younger kids."
Panoply was drawn to a close with a performance by Gloria Roach and Alonzo Beardshears.
"It was great how the whole community pitched in and helped make Panoply a success," said organizer Dylan Hay. "We hope to make Panoply an annual occasion."