BY CLAYTON HOLBROOK —
Fresh off her performance in Green Day’s American Idiot, Ella Curran, senior, was one of 10 acts performing in the Center Stage Talent Show at Turner Hall Ballroom on Tuesday, March 1.
The talent show is a benefit for the St. Ann’s Center for Intergenerational Care.
Curran performed “O Mio Babbino Caro,” a famous Italian opera song at this year’s Showcase.
After, she was approached by one of the people who works for St. Ann’s and was asked to participate in the talent show.
“The woman said, ‘Hey, you should send in a video of these kids, they would be a good thing to have in our show,’” Curran said. “So this person contacted Mr. King, and Mr. King contacted my mother and she asked me if I wanted to do it and I said ‘alright, why not.’”
Curran was accepted to perform as one of the 10 acts, ranging from dance to instrumental performances to a Capella and theatrical singing.
The program included kids, teens, and adults.
Along with Curran, Alicia Obiakor, seventh grade, who sang at Showcase with her version of Adele’s song, “Hello,” performed as well.
Joe King, drama director and teacher, was very happy that Curran was asked to perform.
“I think it’s just great that she honors her passion for opera and classical music in talent shows,” King said.
The talent show presented some challenges for Curran.
“Turner Hall is a beautiful and well-known venue, so I am definitely more nervous than I was for Showcase. John McGivern [a Milwaukee actor] will also be there, so that makes me even more nervous about doing well,” Curran said. “In preparing for the show, I have to calm my nerves because I am going up against several top-notch performers from the area. I have to tell myself that I can do this. It is very intimidating.”
Performers were competing for a $1000 grand prize and a $500 fan favorite prize.
Curran was a finalist for the fan favorite and came in a close second for the prize.
“It’s not about the money or winning that matters, but what matters is celebrating the art that’s in you and the art itself,” Curran said.
Curran said it was very different than performing in a Shorewood High School show because she didn’t have a cast with her to pump her up and make her feel at home and ready to perform.
“I was pretty much on my own for this one,” Curran said.
She has received a lot of attention from people in school about her performance
Olivia Poole, a freshman who performed alongside Curran in American Idiot, appreciated that Curran pursued this oppurtunity.
“I think it is a very beautiful thing that she is following her passion,” Poole said.
Overall, it was a positive experience.
“Even though I didn’t win anything, I really loved being there and being in the venue,” Curran said.