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  • Smyrna High Drama Club raises $1,200 from talent show

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  • The Smyrna High School Drama Club held their annual talent show Friday night.
    The event featured 22 acts and was a success, according to Drama Club advisor Christine Isom.
    "Aside from a couple bumps that we're used to, the kids all did a great job," Isom said. "I'm really proud of all of them."
    With roughly 400 people in attendance, the drama club was able to raise approximately $1,200 for their yearly productions.
    Taking the top prize of the evening for "Best Overall Performance" was Isaiah Cooper, who did a gymnastics floor routine. Cooper based his performance on the pain of suffering a torn ACL and his work coming back from the injury. Cooper hopes to compete in the 2016 Summer Olympics.
    The "Viewer's Choice Award" went to Autumn Birney and Julie Markel for their take on the song "Defying Gravity" from the musical "Wicked."
    "Best Musical Solo Act" went to Taylor Morgan, who sang Imagine Dragon's "It's Time." Jessica Wattay finished in second place and Emily Hodgeman in third.
    "Best Instrumental Performance" went to Hakeem Nabi, who played an original song he wrote on the piano. Alex Reuben placed in second for his guitar solo.
    "Best Duet" went to rap duo Brittany Hollingsworth and Chris Deslongchamp, known as Nextgen Society. Mia Washington and Surayyah Fluellen placed in second. Caleb Wolf and Cameron Brown finished in third place.
    The "Best Non-Musical Act" award went to Isaiah Cooper for his gymnastics performance. Alex Stubbolo's standy-up comedian act took him to a second place. Breakdancers Diaire Demby and Manuel Scott finished in third place.
    Next up for the drama club is their spring show, which will be April 25 through April 27. This year's performance is the musical "Little Shop of Horrors," written by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken.
    Email Jennifer Dailey at jennifer.dailey@doverpost.com.

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