The Johansen High School special education department held its 10th annual talent show on April 16-17. Students from the entire school got to see their peers perform in this special presentation.
The students had been working hard on this show since January. Tony Heintz, head of the special education department, said, “ I have gotten a bunch of positive responses from teachers and staff around campus on how much they enjoyed the show and how great it was. It took a lot of work to put on this event, but I’m sure everyone can agree that it was totally worth it.”
Each year, the event has a theme. Last year was the 1980s, with hits such as “Eye of the Tiger.” This year, the genre was the 1950s. Both guys and gals alike were dressed up to the nines with hip outfits, complete with the oh-so-American Converse high tops. The audience got a kick out of the performance, and got the chance to enjoy everything from “Rock Around the Clock” to “Johnny B. Goode.”
The show was definitely fun for the audience, and it was also beneficial for the students involved. Heintz said, “It gives them a sense of accomplishment because they’re able to present something in front of all of their regular Ed peers, and they are kind of the ones on stage putting on a positive experience for them.”
The event was a total success. Not only did the entire school and parents of these amazing teens get to enjoy this Broadway-style show, but the students also clearly had a ball.
With the success of this year’s presentation, my natural follow-up question for Heintz was whether or not there would be another one next year. The answer is yes. The theme will likely be Michael Jackson. That could make for another excellent show. We here at Teens in the Newsroom will definitely keep you posted for when more events like this are coming up.
Haley Smith is a senior at Johansen High School and a member of The Bee’s Teens in the Newsroom Program.