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South Whidbey's Talent Show celebrates crystal anniversary

"There will be a whole ton of talent at this year's edition of the School-Community Talent Show, including these contestants. Along with yo-yo phenom Tom McQueen (far left) will be (from left) student poets Sara Jones and Ahna Dunn-Wilder, singers Amy Brown, Crystal McQueen, and Alejandra Cordero, dancers Tiffany Moore and Katy Milne and (center) pianist Alea Robertson.Matt Johnson / staff photo15th Annual School/Community Talent ShowFriday and Saturday, Nov. 17 and 18, 7 p.m.South Whidbey High School AuditoriumSuggested donations: $4; $2 students and seniorsAll proceeds to South Whidbey Schools Foundation Arts Grants programJim Freeman, South Whidbey's Conductor of Fun, will once again emcee the annual School/Community Talent Show, which this year marks its 15th anniversary with two nights of performances on the South Whidbey High School auditorium stage.Produced by Jean Shaw with the help of numerous community volunteers, the show has been a crowd pleaser from its beginnings.This year, the acts range from theatrical to musical, with the addition of some unusual performances, such as a jump rope exhibition, comedy and storytelling, hula hoop action and a performance by an expert in the art of yo-yo.Among the featured acts on the Friday night program are drama from Whidbey Children's Theatre; group songs from the first and second grade Primary School classes; the Intermediate School Dolphin Choir; acts put on by primary, intermediate and middle school performers: piano, jump rope, poems, jokes, storytelling, songs, dances, instrumental groupsOn Saturday night, the lineup stars the Island Strings orchestra prep class; the Whidbey Island Waldorf School choirs; the Can-Do-Kids and its new teen spinoff, Can-Do Sound; individual acts from the intermediate, middle and high school, including yoyo, songs, dance, magic, piano, poetry, hula hoops and rope jumping.And along with Who's On First? will be, of course, Jim Freeman's traditional surprises. Concessions will benefit HOPE: Horsemanship Opportunities for Potential Equestrians. Canned food and warm clothes can be brought for Good Cheer and other local organizations that help families during the holidays.Also welcomed are some needed items for the Compass Center Homeless Shelter in Seattle: bath soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo, deodorant, combs, disposable razors, hair conditioner to restore damaged hair, warm gloves, hats, scarves, sweaters, and socks. "

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