CPAC Performances

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014

On Friday, December 12, 2014, an overwhelming amount of talent was showcased during the Winter CPAC Performance. In fact, you would not think it possible for only a handful of students to produce so much entertainment during a two act, one and a half hour long production. Sure enough, these gifted singers, dancers, and musicians delivered an unbelievable performance with the help of a Brian Johnson who led the student operated lighting, sound, and stage crew. It is nearly impossible  to highlight just a few of the acts in this recap of the CPAC show, and there are definitely not enough synonyms for the words “amazing”, “talented”, or “outstanding” to describe them all.

Among the many incredible performers was Alex Lynch who first sang and played the guitar in a cover of George Ezra's song "Budapest" that was even better than the original. She also performed later in the second act with Kimmy Scaglione where she played the piano as Kimmy played the guitar in a cover of Daniel Powter's song "Bad Day." Not only were these girls naturals at their instruments, but they also had fantastic voices!

Also necessary to mention is Avery Pedell and Neil McCaffrey who absolutely nailed the Christmas classic "White Christmas." Avery and Neil are both extremely talented singers who made the song their own by singing in perfect harmony, but what the crowd could not seem to get enough of was their fun stage presence that made it clear they are both natural entertainers. If you don't catch them at the Spring CPAC Performance, surely the next time that you see them will be on Broadway!

Adding some diversity to the talented group of performers were the two dance acts, Dance Club and Rima San Pietro and Catherine Brough. Rima San Pietro and Catherine Brough danced to "Your Bones" by Of Monsters and Men, and their graceful performance truly looked professional. The Dance Club added their own flair to the show when they danced to "A Little Party Never Killed Nobody" by Fergie. As the punny emcees for the night, Noelle Burger and Julia DiSalvio, might say, they brought the party, but they didn't kill nobody. Needless to say, Noelle and Julia kept the audience entertained in between acts with their hilarious jokes.

Yet another crowd favorite of the CPAC Performance was Charlie Thomson and Owen LaChance's rendition of "You and Me, But Mostly Me" from The Book of Mormon. This phenomenal act had great vocals, but also had the audience laughing out loud to the point where a spectator said, "I wish they did encores because that was hilarious."

Unsurprisingly, Varsity Vocals, the school's all male a capella group, and No Strings Attached, the school's all female a capella group, delivered big time. Varsity Vocals killed it with a cover of Hozier's song "Take Me to Church", and No Strings Attached rocked the house with "Potential Breakup Song" by Aly and AJ. Both groups featured skilled beatboxing from seniors Derek Walsh and Lauren Srygley, amazing solos, and a collaboration of talented vocals from underclassmen and upperclassmen alike. Similarly, the PoTaeHo Chips are a rockband that, thankfully, are frequent performers at Chatham High School functions, and they opened the second act with a stellar performance of "Hotel California" by The Eagles. They were a highly anticipated act and they did not disappoint as the audience could not get enough of the band.

While blown away by the high caliber of the show, Devynn Pedell, the president of CPAC who both ran and performed in the outstanding show, says that, "the Spring CPAC Performance should be even better". Hopefully, the acts mentioned above as well as performers Eitan Miller, Hallie Kaisand, Sarah Lowe, Megan Buckley, Molly Kate Dinnhaupt, Fallon Sullivan, Maiden and Marie Asis, and Ana Elston will return for Spring CPAC Performance, or even the upcoming Poetry Festival. If the event in the spring is even half as good as this winter's was, it will be a night you won't want to miss!