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All the world's a stage: Williams' Winter Showcase puts local talent on display
Local stars shined on Saturday night in front of a packed house at the Williams Community Center 2014 Winter Showcase, presenting everything from accordions playing polka to hip-hop ballet routines.
Melissa Baikie-Rick, the show's master of ceremonies, kicked off the event by announcing that the Williams Community Center was seeking donations for a stage of its own so that they it not have to borrow the stage from Williams High School.
"Currently, WHS graciously loans us their stage. Yet, with as many events as we have lined up, we need our own," Baike-Rick said. "We need about $6,000 to raise for our own stage. It's a lot of money, but we can do it."
Baikie-Rick turned the stage over to the first act, Barbara Freeman, who picked up her accordion and belted out a number of tunes, to which the crowd clapped along. Some of the older members of the audience sang along, too.
After Freeman, the Rennick girls hit the stage in matching pink outfits and sang "Talking to the Moon." Then came Kiana Sanapaw, who danced and cart-wheeled her way through her "Despicable Me" ballet dressed as a minion from the popular animated comedy.
All told, more than a dozen acts graced the stage. The remaining 11 acts included Aaron Baikie-Rick, Jody Bowker, Kaylie and Karsyn Gwinnup and Natalie Wilson, Zenith Wilson, John Lauppe, Vanessa Covarrubias, Aaron and Melissa Baikie-Rick, Benji Balatbat, Shane and Beverly Maxey, Ricardo Carmona, and Candace Edwards. Some sang, some danced, others played instruments — but all of them were small-town celebrities on Saturday night, in front of a crowd of about 80 people.
The event raised a total of $260, $42 of which came from donations and $208 from raffle sales.
"This is my first time coming here. We know some of the acts, some of the people performing," said Natalie Stevenson, who added it was fun to come and watch people she knows perform.