De La Salle College's annual talent show 'Class Act' celebrated its tenth anniversary when this year's competition was held in An Táin Arts Centre before the Christmas holidays.
The sell-out audience were wowed as students from every year group took part in the show which featured talented singers, marvellous musicians and energetic dancers. Drogheda musician and teacher Sarah O'Hare, local pianist/musical director Colm Rogan and 'The Irish House Party' guitarist Gerry Nolan had the unenviable task of judging the competition. 'Tesco's finest', an entire fifth year class, kicked off the show with a rousing rendition of the Lumineer's 'Ho Hey'. Next up were the dynamic duo of Conor Gray and Daniel Ojo singing MKTO's 'Classic'. This classic performance was then followed by 2nd year Adam Kane's captivating classical medley on the piano.
Parallel, aka Aaron McArdle and Aaron Matthews won the crowd over with their heart -warming rendition of One Direction's 'Little Things'. Next up were the charming V8s who sang Ed Sheeran's 'Thinking Out Loud'. Dance duo Sean Adegboye and Daniel Ojo who energised the crowd with their African-Urban dance routine. Reece McCluskey gave a spellbinding performance of Sam Smith's 'Stay with Me'. Niall Campbell followed with a stellar performance of Coldplay's 'Sky full of Stars'.
First Year band 'New Beats' brought the first half of the show to a close with an amazing performance of 'Don't' by Ed Sheeran. The Rafters kicked off the second half of the show with a powerful performance of Arctic Monkey's number 'R U mine?'.
This was followed by Ms Hoyne's 2nd Year drama group, with a modern interpretation of Romeo and Juliet. Adam McArdle and Justin Rosagaran followed with a beautiful performance of 'Waves' by Mr Probs . Sixth years Chris O'Hagan and Daire Hoey made a big impression with their mash up of John Legend's 'All of you' and 'Say Something' by A Great Big World. Jordan Mackin won the audience's hearts with his 'Irish lad on the pull' dance routine. Finally, fifth and sixth year band Fola brought the show to a captivating close with King's of Leon 'Supersoaker'.
As the judges deliberated, Mr Brian Halpin, compére, called guest acts No Life and Colm Rogan to the stage. Both acts had performed in the inaugural show ten years ago and it was clear from the reaction of the audience that they are still class acts.
Joint 3rd prize was awarded to Parallel and The Rafters, 2nd prize went to Joseph Mullen and 1st prize went to deserving winners Chris O'Hagan and Daire Hoey.
Organiser Ms Campbell summed up the night saying, 'the hours of preparation are more than worth it when you see the talent shine'. Class Act 2014 was a captivating show that will live long in the memory of participants and audience alike.