St Louis host Search for a Star

St Louis Secondary School hosted their biennial talent show Search for a Star in An Táin on Monday December 16.
This show is unique in that every single student in the school gets to compete in the heats held just before Mid Term.
There were three different types of entry – Solo, Group and Class Acts. Principal Michelle Dolan who was compere for the evening praised all who took part.
“This show ties in beautifully with the new emphasis on wellbeing in our schools. Every girl who leaves us can say she has performed on stage. This is wonderful for the girls’ confidence, and very helpful too with the emphasis being placed on oral presentation at Junior level.”
Deputy Principal Mary Gilmore added that the standard of performance on stage was excellent, both in the individual and group categories.
“It is inspiring to see the leadership shown by the student body, many of whom wrote directed and choreographed the Class Acts,” she stated.
Meanwhile, Lisa Byrne of the organising committee commented on the huge variety of talent in the school.
“The students really made our job easy – we had classical ballet, African and Irish dance as well as hip hop and acrobatics on the stage. We had classical violin and piano, singer songwriters and ukuleles. The diversity of talent was exceptional this year,” explained Lisa.
Judges on the night Nora Hegarty, Larry Torris and St Louis’ own past pupil Sinead Mc Nally has the very difficult task of choosing winners. As Sinéad said: “Every girl on that stage was a winner just by getting up there and performing. I remember this show so well as a student and I was thrilled to come back and see culture thriving still in St Louis.”

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