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Standing Room Only at Roberts Talent Show

The kids around the campfire reading the story of Stormitt, with ghost children in the background listening to the story, too.

Courtesy photos - Stormitt dealing with a horse buyer.

Duet rendition of 'Lost Boy' during the Talent show portion.

Guitar Solo from the Talent show portion.

Members of the Roberts Parents for the Performing Arts were thrilled with Friday night’s turn-out for the annual RPPA Talent Show. A Standing- Room-Only crowd overflowed available seating, with many choosing to sit on the floor rather than be turned away.

The talent night featured a one-act play, followed by 18 various student-generated skits, musical selections, an illustrated talk and even a martial arts demonstration.  During the intermission an appreciative audience was invited to view a student art exhibit arranged by Sheila Roberts and Misty Pitts.

Though not featuring a cast of thousands, the play “Stormitt’s Gold” written by local Kathy Bauer and directed by English teacher Ashley McCoy and RPPA member Jahna White, can boast 100% participation by dozens of Roberts School students in grades 7-8!  The action begins after the homecoming game, when several athletes and cheerleaders learn some history about colorful and spooky characters from Roberts’ past. By referencing the Roberts history book “Trails, Tracks and Tributes”, written and published by the Roberts History Group, the students share the fascinating story of Stormitt, an early-day hermit who raised and sold prize horses. Throughout the years locals have heard treasure stories about the gold coins that he buried near his land…gold that has never been found.  Highlights from the play include the school’s rich history, such as its being used as a ‘hospital’ during the Spanish flu epidemic. In one eerie scene the students encounter ghost children at the Roberts Cemetery, victims of that epidemic.  The students seek help from the school’s fabled ghost children and Stormitt’s ghost in an attempt to retrieve the gold and buy new uniforms for Roberts Rocket teams.  The audience, both young and old, learned some local history, while chuckling at antics and portrayals by the actors and actresses. The premiere of the play provided a fitting tribute to the Roberts School during its 100th year birthday celebration.

As always, the RPPA is excited about the opportunity to help provide experiences in the performing arts for the students at Roberts School, as well as for the community. Special thanks to all who participated making the evening a gala event.

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