Redeemer’s Got Talent

A Night of Showcasing the Gifts and Talents of Redeemer Students

By: Helana Mulder, reporter

Photographer: Ben Bronsema

   It was a night full of singing, dancing, comedy, and even a dramatic monologue. It was a night that allowed Redeemer students to show off their skills to the student body. Friday, October the 19th was the night of the second annual Redeemer’s Got Talent.

   A total of 11 acts competed in the talent show for the first-place prize of $150. Dr. Faber, Dr. Juilfs, Marietta Wong, and Hennie Schoon were the judges who provided feedback and comments to each performer.

   The competition was high — act after act amazed the audience and wowed the judges. Some of the highlights of the night included a jazz ensemble that put their own creative spin on “Isn’t She Lovely” by Stevie Wonder, a dramatic monologue from the play “Goodbye Charles,” an original song by Aydan Schat, and some creative guitar playing.

   The act that stole the show, however, was an African dance group who went by the name “The Claymen.” The group included Estela Kasaba, Blessing Oluloto, Victoria Waithira, Nadine Iraguha, and Meeki Bekoullom. Their performance completely captivated the audience’s attention with their music choice and the skill they showed in their dancing abilities.

   The crowd went wild when first place went to The Claymen, second place to a swing dancing routine by Jeremy Thudian and Chloe Lynn, and third place to a jazz ensemble of five men: Victor An, Will Kloosterhof, Isaac Stell, Joshua Broersma, and Jesse Halliwell. All of the acts, however, deserve praise for putting themselves out there and participating in the event.

   The night was a great way for students and faculty of Redeemer to get together and enjoy an amazing night of community. The atmosphere was positive and upbuilding, making it a safe space for the acts to feel comfortable to perform. The audience left feeling entertained and inspired to discover what talents they have to offer. So, Redeemer, we look forward to seeing what you have hidden up your sleeves — get practicing!