The Morris Educational Foundation did it again: Another blockbuster Morristown Onstage competition.
You can read all about Wednesday’s show, with video, here.
And savor these great shots, onstage and backstage, from MorristownGreen.com correspondents Jeff Sovelove and Berit Ollestad. Our thanks to them, and to all 15 finalists for a splendid show.
Slideshow photos by Jeff Sovelove:
“Hurry up and wait” pretty much summed up what most of the contestants blamed for their anxiety. The mood backstage was celebratory, supportive, giddy and intense all at the same time.
The seasoned performers from SPARE TIRE attributed their butterflies to show judge Brendan Fletcher.
“I’ve been playing music for close to 20 years and I don’t usually get nervous. But I looked down and saw Brendan Fletcher and just thought ‘ahhh, come on dude, give us a good grade,” said Spare Tire’s guitarist, Glen Mulligan.
Allison Chong initially was knotted up with nerves before her performance. But we would expect nothing less from the only contortionist in the line-up.
“I was a little scared at first and then I started to feel really confident as I went through the dance,” she said.
Chong has her sights on being a professional contortionist, and she has her second dance coach to thank. It was her second coach that recognized her flexibility and wanted to mentor her.
One could say that veteran Morristown Onstage winner Ally Are is an old pro since this was her second appearance at the talent show–and her second victory.
“I’m a poet and as long as I can continue to make an impact on others, I’m going to keep writing,” Are said. There’s no doubt that Are’s poetry made an impact, and not only on the judges and the audience. You could’ve heard a pin drop during her performance as her fellow contestants backstage watched on a video monitor.
Air seemed to be a valued commodity among the contestants, who were having a hard time finding it.
Finalist Katelyn Nagy came back shaking and trembling after her performance with Zap the Moles, but she flashed a million dollar smile. “At least now I can finally breathe. That’s one of the benefits of being the first act,” she said.
C.J. Ryan, the audience choice winner, summarized the experience this way: “Wow! It was such a rush being up there! I’m like I can’t even believe I’m up here. I lost my breath for a second and I was like ‘Oh Crap!’ am I gonna be able to hit that note?! But it felt so good”.
Slideshow photos by Berit Ollestad: