Tigers strut their stuff

San Jacinto High School held their spring talent show on Friday

Photo by Corey Evan / The Valley Chronicle
Cesar Ramirez, far left, the Reader’s Theater troupe, center, and Kristopher Rodrigues, bottom-right, all advance to the grand finale in May.

■ Corey Evan / Reporter

Twice a year, San Jacinto High School gives its students the chance to show off their talents before a captive audience. Eleven acts tried their chances at stardom—at least within our valley—at the SJHS Performing Arts Center, Friday, Feb. 9.
Managing these acts rested on the shoulders of 12th grade theatre student and actress, Madison Wedel. “I want to thank my stagehands for being so patient with me,” said Wedel. “I thank [my stagehand] Kylie for sticking through it, she’ll be in charge after I graduate.” Wedel is a senior, so that’ll be soon!
Cohosting this season’s show were Marcus Montes and Paul Anaya. Montes has hosted the show two years prior, while this was Anaya’s first hosting gig. The pair kept the audience’s attention between acts with jokes related to each act.
First up was Eric Sanchez, who grabbed his guitar and sang “Garrett’s Revenge” by XXXTentacion.
Dennis Samaniego, Madison Wedel, Becca Rodriguez, Charles Davis and Lorriana Thompson performed a Reader’s Theatre version of “Skippyjon Jones,” the cat who dreamt of being a dog. Why has Jim Davis never written that into a Garfield comic strip?!
DeAundre Taylor busted a move to some swag hip-hop tunes, showing attention to each beat.
Cesar Ramirez sang “A Song for Tonight,” appropriately titled for an evening show.
After intermission, Noah Granado and Isaiah Santos performed their rendition of “Snow” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Co-host Marcus Montes said he once dated a jalapeño pepper, claiming she was “hot.”
Kristopher Rodriguez, after being the only act to experience technical difficulties at the beginning, recovered by singing “Put Your Head on My Shoulder” for the ladies; a performance that would make Paul Anka proud.
Rai-ven Mann and Angel Limon acted out an open-ended story about a horrible thing happening to “someone they don’t even like.” To tell or NOT to tell? That’s the question. The audience was asked to choose the answer.
Rudy Patton played his guitar and crooned that he wanted to be a “Millionaire.” He and Bruno Mars both!
While a panel of judges made up of several of their peers deliberated as to who would advance to the grand finale at the end of the school year, Ceniya Gholar and Lorianna Thompson danced and acted to keep the audience entertained, while Kristopher Rodriguez attempted to play his bass guitar for them. Once again, despite the crew’s efforts, they couldn’t get any sound from his bass. Why no other acts experienced problems is anyone’s guess.
After careful consideration, the judges cast their ballots into a “blender” along with some berries and frozen yogurt. These are the results the “blender” spit out:
– Third place went to Cesar Ramirez.
– Second place was claimed by the Reader’s Theatre troupe.
– And this season’s winner was Kristopher Rodriguez. Yes, Rodriguez braved the technical issues and won the whole enchilada!
These three acts are guaranteed a spot in San Jacinto’s grand finale talent show in May. For ticket prices and showtimes, keep your eyes peeled on the SJHS website: sjhs.sanjacinto.k12.ca.us.

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