Video production hosts talent show


photo by Aliyah Rackley

Senior Kautia Matyko exhibits her baton twirling skills at the talent show. Matyko came in second place.

On Thursday, Nov. 19, video production hosted the annual talent show, H-Factor, to raise money for the class to replace old equipment and to provide students an opportunity to showcase their talents. Senior Brett Hagerman took first place for his comedy performance, senior Kautia Matyko placed second for Baton Twirling and senior Bria McCray took third place for her performance of “Slow Motion.”

The show featured a variety of acts, opening with senior Tori Haun’s song “Sweet Release” and ranging from pantomiming to senior Faro Makuto’s dance to “Dark Times.”

Audition forms were due Monday, Nov. 2, and auditions were held Nov. 3 and 4. A mandatory rehearsal was held Wednesday, Nov. 18.

“My background is in theater and television, so [the H-Factor] is fun for me,” video production teacher Donna Parker said. “This is a once-a-year opportunity for me to go back to my theater roots.”

Aside from its nostalgic qualities, the show also provided a platform for students who do not typically participate in the performing arts departments’ activities. Senior Natalie Rivera, for example, sang “Best Mistake,” but is not a part of band, chorus or theater.

The end of the first act concluded with a military salute including Sadler Lindsay singingI Know Where You’ve Been” and members of JROTC. The show concluded with a dance performance by students from Elevate Studios in Longwood who danced while the judges determined the winners. After the dance performance, the judges, community members Concetta Duren, Madison Gomez and Kaleigh Barry, announced their decisions.

Not as much money as was expected was raised for the video production program, but a Winter Festival fundraiser is planned for Saturday, Feb. 7.