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WCMS students win talent show
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Warren County Middle School students got to sit right back and hear a tale, a tale of a fateful trip.
Those words from the “Gilligan’s Island” theme song were included in a skit that won WCMS students first place last weekend at the annual Interact Club Convention in Pigeon Forge.
WCMS captured first place in the large group talent show for the second year in a row, despite competing against several high school teams. WCMS also earned the title of club of the year for the third year in a row.
Winning the talent show was one of the highlights of the weekend. Students had been working on the routine since returning from Christmas break – even coming to school on Sundays to practice. The routine was a showcase of TV theme songs that took the judges back to yesteryear, according to Interact Club sponsor Susan Barrett.
“A lot of the kids didn’t know these songs when we first started, but the judges sure did,” said Barrett. “They were singing right along. You could tell we really made an impact more than any other club there. And seeing the kids’ faces when they came off that stage was just priceless. They knew they nailed it.”
Students dressed like Fred, Shaggy and Velma during the “Scooby-Doo” theme song that featured a Mystery Machine in the background as a prop. As the gang was hunting for Scooby, they were chased by two monsters.
The cast of stranded castaways was on hand for the “Gilligan’s Island” theme song, while “The Brady Bunch” skit featured the classic box from the opening credits where the characters are stacked on top of each another.
The performance ended with the song from “Happy Days.” Students dressed in jeans and T-shirts ran through the audience while characters hip-hopped on stage. And of course The Fonz was on hand. “Heyyyyy!”
Barrett said the routine included about 40 seventh- and eighth-graders. She said the idea was recycled from when she was in the Interact Club long ago.
“Back when I was in Interact Club, and I won’t say when that was, Patti and Shot Nunley and Don Collette were my sponsors and this was the talent show we did,” said Barrett. “So we resurrected it. One neat part about it was Tammy Love was in ‘The Flintstones’ with me back when we did it in school and this year her daughter, Shelby, was in the same skit. It was a case of history repeating itself.”
Barrett gave special thanks to Pat Bigbee and Chris Walter for their help with props. Other Interact sponsors are Stephanie Hobbs, Kevin Dunlap and Neal Cox. It was the 49th annual District 6780 Interact Convention.