Talent shows are all the rage these days thanks to popular hit shows such as NBC’s ’The Voice’, ‘America’s Got Talent’ and FOX Network’s ‘American Idol’. This past week, residents of DuPont and Steilacoom got their own talent show featuring local aspiring young artists.
According to the Facebook invite, the Steilacoom DuPont Talent Show Organizer, Sebastian Wingfield, wanted to have a “sweet talent show, show off skills…or just come to watch”. That is exactly what happened Monday, August 8, outside of the Forza Coffee Shop in downtown DuPont.
Wingfield and his friends had talked about doing a talent show during the school year. Then summer came, and not a lot of progress was made until Wingfield posted the event on Facebook in mid July. Friends responded to the event, questions were asked, and the city council was approached for a location. Originally the talent show was scheduled for Clocktower Park, but at the last minute, the talent show’s location was switched to Forza Coffee Shop thanks to a little help from Councilman Michael Grayum. By the day of the event, 93 people had clicked on Facebook indicating they were attending.
“These kids are putting together a core group. They have vision for what they want to see for themselves in DuPont,” Grayum said before the event.
“This is just the start. There is a pizza party scheduled for August 16 at the Community Center, and a Back to School Dance on August 27 in the DuPont City Hall parking lot,” said Grayum.
But on Monday August 8, all eyes were on the talent show. In the end, over 150 people attended the show outdoors on a perfect evening that was complete with true talent, judges and a cool trophy to the winner.
Wingfield and friend Kelcie Shorter were the evening’s emcees. They introduced the four judges (who took their job very seriously): Kalil Haynesworth, Morgan Brown, Tyler Johnston, and Matt Trinkle.
Rocker Jonny Barrett opened the evening with his original songs and smooth guitar solos. JB and Arthur followed with their melodic sounds. Anuhea and Arthur continued the show with their musical talent. Dancers Meghan Ruff and Kaleb Germany demonstrated their flexibility and amazing moves. The emcees and judges kept the crowd on their toes with frequent jokes between the acts. The crowd rose to a standing ovation after Rhiane Deocampo sang. Although she is only in sixth grade, she gained recognition with the high school crowd through her brother Ralph, a recent Steilacoom High School graduate. The event ended with the popular band Exit 118 playing several songs.
When the judges announced that Rhiane Deocampo had won the Talent Show, a member of the audience remarked, “The judges got it right!”
All through the evening, the audience frequented Forza, who sponsored the event and gave $1.00 off all drinks.
At the end of the evening, Wingfield thanked Forza for sponsoring the event, the DuPont City Council, Councilman Michael Grayum, and all the performers and audience. The judges thanked Wingfield for organizing the event.
“If Sebastian hadn’t organized this, we wouldn’t be here,” yelled someone from the audience.
DuPont parent Kristina Shoup echoed the appreciation of Wingfield. “His leadership skills are strong. With a little mentoring and support, this group will create a great teen council,” she said.