By Jaron Zanerhaft
Get ready. Beit T’Shuvah is hosting its annual Talent Show with Havdalah this weekend, December 10 at 7p.m.! The buzz is getting louder each day, and anticipation is flowing through the halls, as the acts rehearse for the big night. This year’s show promises to provide a Saturday night you won’t forget.
Last year, many great acts graced the bima as Beit T’Shuvah’s sanctuary was transformed into a performing arts theatre. Curtains, lights, sparkling decorations, and the soulful sonic mixes of our resident sound team from BTS Productions draped Beit T’Shuvah’s most talented with an atmosphere of class and stardom. Who could forget Nancy’s stirring rendition of Blondie’s One way or another? “When she sang, ‘I’m gonna getcha,’” remarked BTS counselor Kelly, “I believed her!” Talon gave a surprisingly poignant and profound rap, backed by a remix of John Lennon’s Imagine, and Sam (a.k.a. “Coke”) performed a set of originals full of ancient wisdom. If last year was a taste of what’s to come, don’t be shocked if a few record deals are drawn up this weekend.
While Beit T’shuvah’s Music Department was solidly represented last year, talent also arose from well-hidden sources. Diana, who fronts a Fleetwood Mac cover band, shared her voice, and even some of the counselors joined in, such as Jen who sang beautifully. In between musical numbers, a variety of skits speckled with impersonators and cross dressers kept the crowd amused and engaged. The two MCs of the evening, Michael and Aaron, had the audience roaring with laughter even before the first act went on. Throughout the night, Michael showed nearly inappropriate affection for some of the female performers, and Aaron played his famed “I like Cheese” song.
This year, young Joshua will weave his way amongst the talent to MC us through the show. Josh was only too happy to talk to the press. “I’m suuuper excited!! It’s gonna be a great night!!!” he says, with arms flailing through the air. “I’m gonna wear a bowtie!” The glint in his eye says everything. The Beit T’Shuvah 2011 Talent Show will be one for the books. Don’t miss it! This Saturday. December 10th. 7 p.m. Be there.