Show shakes high school
July 3, 2008 · Updated 3:50 PM
Fears of repeating an embarrassing stage performance may keep people out of the limelight for years. Some people like Cory Winget manage to conquer their fears and continue a stage career. Wingets rendition of Little Bunny Foo Foo three years ago so traumatized him, he couldnt perform the song Friday night, despite continued pleas from his adoring audience.
I was humiliated as a freshman and couldnt sing it again, he said after Hootenanny 2004s end Friday night.
It, it was too hard, he stammered.
This confession of shattered self-confidence came from a guy who appeared on stage in drag four times: once in a beaded royal-blue evening gown; twice in a tailored suit and wig; once in a skimpy shift.
Hootenanny, Oak Harbor High Schools annual talent show, always contains somewhat risque behavior and social commentary along with music and sometimes-hokey humor.
Its been stressful, Pam Dupa, Hootenanny committee member, said with relief. But its been fun and worth it, the junior added.
The shows skits offered amalgams of reality and cable-access TV shows. Fear Factor fans didnt get to see contestants tackle the rat-o-matic. Instead, students called from the audience chugged cups of cocktail blended from sardines, mustard, clam juice, relish and other culinary delicacies.
Technical difficulties, wardrobe malfunctions and revealtory rumors about teachers (nipple rings and closeted hip-hop stars) added to the show.
Everyone pulled together really well, Keely Smollack said. Smollack saw her share of wardrobe issues.
I was helping Cory on and off with the dresses, she said. Tasha Spurgeon and Will Witmer joined Keely and Witmer as masters of ceremonies.
The entire production occupied numerous students. Videography students operated lights, sound and action with professional equipment including four cameras. Video projected on a movie screen assured the audience of a good view of the stage. In Parker Hall, good views from every seat arent assured. Nor is good sound. Acoustics are notoriously awful, often swallowing or distorting voices and music.
One group, Curiosity, could have had a raging case of stage fright. Their a capella song might have been reduced to microphone feedback. Instead, Amy Butler, Zonja Salter and Angelica Coopers strong, pure voices had the audience on their feet as did several bands.
Whitni (Schurr) rocks! Senior Rachel Palterine said.
Whitni, Torey Massey and Jason Radkte were amazing, the best ever, Kyle Burlington, also a senior, agreed.
Videography student Samantha Summers thought Nick Wallsteadts and Rob Ezells rendition of Tears in Heaven was the shows hightlight.
And they were in tune, some people werent, the senior said, winding yards of video cable for storage.
Arnold Gailo made his Hootenanny debut in 2004. The freshman only recently began playing the guitar but seems a natural at it. Gailo, Van Teodosio, Jerome Theriault, Justin Williams and Dillon Johnsons opening act, Rifle and Daises, paid tribute to Guns N Roses. Wavy-headed Gailo played Slash, the heavy metal groups top-hat wearing guitarist. After intermission, Gailo joined Radio Flyer with Jake Sullivan, Trevor Kjargaard and Mike Ryan.
Gailo enjoyed his first Hootenanny and plans to return in 2005.
Cory Winget will (hopefully) graduate in 2005 but he gained insight into life at his last Hootenanny.
I dont know how to sit in a dress, he said.
Thats an important lesson in the stage education of every male performer.