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Thespians Topped De La Salle College ‘Class Act’
De La Salle College’s student body exhibited its range of talents in the Táin Theatre on Wednesday December 16th. Students displayed an abundance of unique gifts, from pitch-perfect song covers to flawlessly executed Irish dancing.The talent show was directed by Ms Pamela Campbell (Music Dept.) and was ably assisted by teachers Oliver Brennan, Daragh McKeon, David Mc Ardle, Stephen McCourt and SNA Rosemary Bailey. Teacher Brian Halpin compéred as Blackrock Music Academy teacher Colm Rogan, Local Singer/Songwriter Francis Watters and ‘The Irish House Party’ guitarist Gerry Nolan had the unenviable task of judging the competition.
Aaron Matthews kicked off the show with a powerful performance of Kodaline’s ‘All I Want’. Next up were ‘Sticks and Stones’ (Reece McCloskey, Padraig Grennan, Saoirse Murray, Dennis Otabar, Mark Kingham and Samuel Ogobamiedele). The six piece covered the hit single ‘We are Young’ by Fun. This engaging song was then followed by Trína Chéile, a trad trio (Donnchadh Hughes,Conor Conway and Oisin Dixon) accompanied by dancer Neil Whitmarsh. Liam Gordon’s confident cover of Imagine Dragon’s song ‘Demons’ thrilled the packed Tain theatre. ‘Jazz 4 Men’ (Ben Verling, Samuel Ogobamiedele, Fola Adeniyi and Darragh Bond) followed with a captivating and energetic performance of their own freestyle composition. They were followed by 6th year student Emanuele Marchetti. His solo performance of ‘Come Sei Veramente’ by Giovanni Allevi was enchanting. ‘Swiss-Roll Seagulls’, a band made up of 5th and 6th year students (Tiarnan McGurk, Harry Foley, Darragh Bond and Jack Watters) closed a slick first half of the show with a dynamic cover of Bruno Mars’ ‘Treasure.’
The second half opened with Ms Hoyne’s drama group. Their hilarious take on a school excursion had the crowd in stitches. The dance routine and in particular Finian Moran’s killer moves stole the show. Next came 6th year student Aaron Mcardle with a pitch perfect cover of Justin Bieber’s ‘Sorry.’ This was followed by the dulcet tones of Eoin Johnston and his energetic version of Ed Sheeran’s ‘Afire Love’. Then came ‘The Unknown’ (Colm Bellew , Enoch Elewa and Tom Watkins), this wonderful band really wowed the crowd with their version of Justin Bieber’s ‘Love Yourself’. Dynamic duo of Aaron Dillon and Efé Omerede gave a powerful performance of Kygo’s ‘Stole the Show’. The next act ,Gráinne Lee, Donnchadh Hughes and Iarlaith Carroll captivated the crowd with a beautiful and soul soothing performance of ‘Wintersong’. The Incredibles (Fola Adeniyi, Samuel Ogobamiedele, Caleb Murtagh and Oisin Martin) followed this with a vivacious version of Hozier’s ‘From Eden.’ TY student, Oisin McMahon brought the show to a climax with an amazing solo performance of ‘Blood Hands’ by ‘Royal Blood.’
As the judges deliberated the raffle rolled on and guest act Francis Watters wowed the audience with Johnny Cash’s ‘Fulsom Prison Blues.’ After a difficult deliberation the judges awarded joint 3rd place to Trína Cheile and The Unknown. 2nd Place went to Emanuele Marchetti and 1st prize went to Ms Hoyne’s drama group. Miss Campbell was delighted with all the students’ efforts remarking that they really are all ‘CLASS ACTS.’