COUDERSPORT — Over a dozen performances — including routines by the Coudersport Winter Guard, solo singing and instrumentation, duets, as well as a variety of dancing — lit up the Coudersport Area Junior/Senior High School stage, on Feb. 8, at the annual Falcon Follies.
“It was excellent,” one attendee, Katie Furman, of Coudersport, said. “The kids always put on such a good show.”
Shelby Glassmire, with the Coudersport Junior/Senior High School music boosters, said the talent showcase — revived from a former community-wide event, from decades past — entered in its fourth year in 2020.
This year’s Follies opened up with pre-K girls performing to the Disney classic “Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious.” Addyson Baker, Sofia Foust, Rylee Gledhill, Milly Gola, Claire Larson, Kary Oliver and Lily Oliver put on a routine they learned in their Essence of Motion kinder-tap class. In addition to the opening act, three other Essence of Motion classes presented a variety of performances. Taylor Grossman, A.J. Torrey, Haggin Wallace and Mariessa Watson tapped to the Dolly Parton song “9 to 5” and Ansley Confer, Taylor Grossman, Emelia Jones, Lyda Tingley, Savanna Watson, as well as Addyson, Ava and Kaitlyn Gentzyel, danced a jazz routine to “Freeze Frame.”
The 13th act, out of 14 total, had Cami Stager, Harley Thompson, Haggin Wallace and Moxie Wallace presenting a modern choreography to song “The Giving Tree.”
Fifteen-year-old Selin Sumer and sixth-grade students Ysa Brown and Cherie Wallace performed their own dance numbers. Sumer presented a mix of gymnastics and modern dance to the song “Intensified,” while Wallace and Brown performed a duet-choreographed routine to “We are Going to Be Friends.”
Two piano solos, by Coudersport Elementary students, were presented mid-way through the show. Follies newcomer Jennifer Sherry played “The Forest Drums” and Gavin Roessner, a veteran Follies performer, played both “The Great Wall of China” and “Snowflake Rag.”
Other instrumental performances included sixth-grader Ty Woodward-Furman, playing “Someone You Loved” on the alto recorder and eighth-graders Brooke Batson and Brooke Tubbs playing a duet of “Irish Jig Medly” on their flutes.
Elementary students Emmarie Whipple and Joliegh Volkman each sang solos. Whipple performed an a cappella rendition of “This is Me,” from the movie “The Greatest Showman” and Volkman sang, with a recorded track, the Grace VanderWaal song “So Much More Than This.”
“I loved the variety,” audience member Todd Brown, of Coudersport, remarked.
The half-time and final acts were both routines performed by Brenna Bailey, Tori Bock, Zofia Burr, Phoenix Connolly, Onica Gamet, Danielle Lawton, Melanie Petroski, Zoie Sallade and Raina Shorttf, with the Coudersport Winter Guard.
Though the group, as a whole, has participated in the Follies before, seventh grader Connolly and eighth grader Bailey were both new to the event this year.
“I’m nervous about performing in front of an audience,” Connolly said.
“I’m nervous and excited at the same time,” Bailey said.
The first number included dance and twirling rifles, as well as flags to the Pink song “Just Like Fire.” The second, another dance with only flags, was to another Pink song, “Walk Me Home.” Linda Hemphill, of Coudersport, said the winter guard routines were excellent.
“We have a lot of talented children (in Coudersport,)” Hemphill said, adding that she’d like to see more community members showcase their talents, as well as students.Holly Roessner, of Coudersport, was appreciative of the the participation in, as well as the turnout to this year’s event, with the auditorium nearly full to capacity.
“It’s always nice to see the community come out and students share their talents,” Roessner said.
Glassmire said ticket sales for the event benefited the music boosters’ activities and efforts.