LINWOOD — More than 80 students had their moment in the spotlight when they performed onstage for charity at Mainland Regional High School's inaugural Mainland’s Got Talent competition Wednesday and Thursday, Nov. 29-30.
Mainland’s Got Talent grew from the lip sync competition that was a staple at the school for 26 years, according to teacher Brian Hatz, who served as an emcee for the new event. It now includes live singing and original performances.
This year's competition featured group lip sync acts, but also included 10 solo performance acts and two small-group acts. The packed auditorium gave all of the acts support and applause.
Drummer Bryce Cotterell wowed the crowd with a drum solo. The band Plaid Salmon, which featured P.J. Keiter, Will Keiter and Alberto Sbrolla on brass, nearly brought down the house with their homage to the Blues Brothers and a rendition of “Soul Man.”
The event was a fundraiser for the Mainland Drama Club. The first-place act in each category received $100 to donate to their chosen charity.
The winner in the lip sync category was a group of seniors who performed a "High School Musical" mashup. They donated their $100 to the Aisling Cook Scholarship Fund.
In the live small group category, Plaid Salmon donated its $100 winnings to Mainland's Tri-M Music Honor Society.
Cotterell, the top solo act, donated his $100 to the Mainland Jazz Band.
Deshaun Howard took second place in the solo act category. He sang “Smile Jamaica” and donated the $75 winnings to Gilda’s Club. Alexis Stanley took third with her rendition of Adele's "Someone Like You" and donated her $50 prize to the Mainland Drama Club.
Check out the video from Mainland's Got Talent.