Students, teachers, parents, and supporters crowded into the Bedford High School Auditorium for the first-ever “BHS Got Talent,” hosted by the Class of 2024 on March 31. This talent show featured a variety of creative and interesting acts from students and teachers. It was a huge success and a great time for both the performers and audience members.
The event was organized as a class fundraiser. Class Advisor Jill Butler explained how the class officers wanted “a night of fun, laughs, and talent,” and she loved that so many people came to support students and teachers.
The Class of 2025 also teamed up with the Class of 2024 to sell merchandise and concessions in the lobby.
The night opened with a rendition of Luis Fonsi’s “Despacito,” performed on boomwhackers and piano by Maya Singh, Diya Singh, Emily Wang, Iris Lin, and Madeleine Ota.
Next up was Lisa Taub and her AP Spanish class, who danced to “Hayya Hayya (Better Together).” Although the music cut out midway, the group kept dancing and the audience just clapped along. A team of students also performed a step routine to various TikTok dances.
One of the highlights was the Bedford High School Halftime Show, featuring students from Heather Galante and Thomas Casey’s advisory. It was a parody of this year’s Super Bowl Halftime Show by Rihanna: Galante and Casey sang a medley from Rihanna’s show, while their students dressed in all-white suits and acted as backup dancers.
After a short intermission, the audience returned for a stunning solo performance by BHS teacher Crystal Curran, who sang “Burn” from Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Hamilton. Lisa Taub then returned with her Spanish IV students to dance to “Waka Waka” by Shakira, complete with school-themed Spanish jokes throughout the routine.
Afterwards, Sachi Regmi and Liv Elwell presented an “Around the World” challenge, in which Sachi asked audience members to choose a flag and Liv needed to identify its country – she got each one correct! The next act was Aleksi Dubaquie-Sanchez playing “Double Helix” on his guitar, which was a big hit for the audience.
To end the night, Class of 2024 Advisors Jill Butler and Nicole Myles danced and lip-sung to a selection of pop songs, and they were later joined by their children and Heather Galante. In Butler’s words, “dancing [is] not a strength of mine, but I learned from some really talented students.”
Spanish teacher Lisa Taub echoed these sentiments, saying that the dances were a “collaborative effort – we all came up with different ideas.” She added that it was “a great way to get students involved [and] to do something fun” outside of class, as well as a “great way to build a sense of community.”
The show was co-hosted by Cate Galante and Ethan Martinage, and two professional DJs mixed music through the night. Behind the scenes, Andrew Lum, Charlie Desjardins, Sid Nandakishore, Jackie Cutrona, and Alex Mattson provided tech support for sound and lights.
Reflecting on her experience, Junior Class President Cate Galante said that “life can be really stressful sometimes [and] the talent show was a perfect way… to unwind and have fun, which strengthens and fosters a healthy school environment.” Together with Class Advisors and Class Officers, she hopes to make this an annual event at Bedford High School.
Ultimately, the Talent Show was a lighthearted and relaxing evening for everyone involved. It was not just about raising money, but about providing students and teachers with an opportunity to show off their skills and allowing the Bedford community to come together and support each other.