The shiny stars on the backdrop were eclipsed by the 32 performers who each had a turn at center stage during the Feb. 1 Night of the Stars talent show.
Englewood’s annual event was open to kindergartners through high school seniors who stepped up to take part in the show.
There were few empty seats in Englewood’s Hampden Hall when the introductions were made and the first act was introduced.
Linda Elliott was the master of ceremonies for this year’s event. The acts were divided into three categories: voice, musician and variety. Acts are also divided into three age groups — kindergartners through fourth-graders, fifth- through eighth-graders and ninth- through 12th-graders.
The show is also a competition, with three judges, Ami Hall, Dan Carlson and Joyce Musgrove, determining the winners.
There were awards for the top three finishers in each age group and talent category. Also, Englewood’s first place winners in each age group in each talent category will represent their community in the state competition that will be held March 2 at Adams City High School in Commerce City.
As the show was getting ready to start, Paige Martin talked to her mother as the performer eagerly awaited her turn on stage.
“I’ll be singing tonight. This is my first time to perform at the Night of Stars. I am a little nervous but not too much because I have been on stage before,” she said. “I signed up for tonight’s show because my vocal teacher urged me to do it. I agreed because I like singing because it is fun.”
Christian Wentz sat in the front row, as he was listed on the program as the second act to perform.
He stood out because he wore a U.S. Marine uniform.
“I have this uniform on because I am playing a medley of patriotic songs I arranged myself,” the 13-year-old trumpet player said. “I decided to perform tonight because I wanted to show my love of my country and of the military. I want to show my talent and to win.”
The Englewood Leadership Academy student said this was his first time to perform like this.
“I am excited and I am nervous,” he said. “There are a lot of butterflies all over my stomach.”
A short distance away, Shellee Schwartz adjusted the red costume she wore for her dance performance.
“I am dancing tonight because I love dancing,” she said with a smile. “I have been dancing since I was 2 years old and it’s fun because I get to do all my turns, moves and just being able to fly around the room.”
She said this is her first time to take part in the Night of the Stars, and even though she has danced in front of crowds, she still was a little nervous and had a few butterflies.
“I am doing a lyrical dance so I am using music that is a little slower,” the Cherrelyn Elementary School student said. “I love to dance and I decided to sign up for tonight because I thought it would be a lot of fun because I’d be doing a solo dance.”
Night of the Stars winners
Music — first place, Grand Webster
Voice — first place, Tea Hinchley; second place, Maddie Skutavik; third place, Delaney Ridder
Music — first place, Christian Wentz; second place, Megan Durbin; third place, Audrey Vogt
Variety — first place, Sheller Schwartz
Voice — first place, Sadie Corley; second place, Kaitlyn Tejero; third place, Charlotte Lowe
Voice — first place, Perrin York; second place, Ellie Thorson; third place, Bianca Hinchley