Talent show features high school students

The students of Brian Reedy's video production class at Carson High School are showcasing their talents by bringing to the community the Carson High School Talent Show.

The show starts at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Carson City Community Center.

Senior Maggie Jesse was instrumental in bringing the production to the stage.

"The show has carried through this year because of Maggie," said Reedy, who has been teaching at the school 10 years. "Her passion has made it so well done because she loves to do it.

"There is some dynamic singing from these kids. And dancing " a cultural dance will be performed. It's all beautiful."

"I thought it was really fun and a lot of the school liked it so I'm doing it for the students, also," Jesse, 18, said. "I want to get in front or behind the camera after (high) school.

"It's fun being in charge and telling people what to do. And I'm pretty organized so it's easy."

Sixteen-year-old Albert Reed will sing "Remembering Sunday," by All Time Low as he plays the acoustic guitar. Reed said he got serious about learning guitar just four months ago.

"My dad played guitar and my brother's a musician," Reed said. "But by dad's my inspiration. And I thought by singing and playing the guitar it would give a better chance (of winning)."

Performing a song from one of his favorite movies is Max Greb, 16. Greb will perform a musical act with four others to "The Oogie Boogie Song" from "The Nightmare Before Christmas."

"This is my first time in the talent show," Greb said. "The song is kind of jazzy, and good for my voice level. I think we have a good chance. I'm singing most of the lead, along with Kenni Kinsey."

Reedy said 27 acts auditioned for this year's show. They chose to only have 16 perform, which was a difficult task.

"There were maybe a few (acts) that needed work, but we cut some really good acts," Reedy said. "Last year's show went too long. We want to keep it under two hours."

"We had a huge audience last year and I only printed 400 tickets," he said. "I wrote tickets on yellow Post-It notes and we got a late start. We want to be ready this year."

Reedy feels the show will be a success again this year because of the work of the students. He said the show had been held for years, but for a couple of years it went to the wayside. His students wanted to bring it back.

"These students are kids who want to learn to make movies, do digital editing on computers " basically learn how to make videos," Reedy said. "They're doing this as a class project, no class credit, mainly as a fundraiser."

Funds raised would have helped pay expenses for the students to attend the Student Television Network Conference in Los Angeles. However, the conference was moved to Florida, and Reedy said his doctor advised against the long trip.

"I was rear-ended at about 45 mph, which caused traumatic brain injury and I can't handle the stress," he said. "The kids were very good about (the decision not to go to Florida) and we were all excited to go, but the doctor said don't plan on it.

"Being back at work has been a struggle, but I wouldn't be anywhere else. I passionately love what I do."

- Contact Rhonda Costa at rcosta@nevadaappeal.com or 881-1223.

WHAT: Carson High School Talent Show

WHEN: 7-9 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 8. Doors open at 6:15 p.m.

WHERE: Carson City Community Center, 851 E. William St.

COST: $4 general admission; $3 students with student ID card

CALL: 283-1652

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