The boys have seemingly bought into my musical talents as they play several instruments. I’m certain the stories of my mastering the beloved plastic Flutophone was one of the main reasons for their passion to make music.
Each spring, Southport sponsors a program so that students can share their artistic talents, be it singing, dancing, staging a skit or reciting a poem.
To enhance the environment of the April 25 production, the backstage area of the auditorium was transformed into a Greek coffee house.
Lyn and I knew from past experience that it might get crowded, so we went early. Sure enough, there were people waiting to be seated, but the line moved quickly. We saved a chair for Trey’s mother, Michelle, and ordered a snack and some iced tea from our waitress. I was impressed to see that local businesses like, Papa Murphy’s, McAlister’s Deli and Kim’s Kakery, Bakery & Cafe were providing food and beverages.
There were more than 40 acts, and the two young Greek ladies who served as masters of ceremonies got the evening started as soon as they could. The audience seemed to enjoy each of the acts and joined in the singing and clapped to the rhythm of several of the acts.
When Trey went on stage to play his guitar and sing, he was joined by Trevor, who played a shiny brass instrument that resembled a Flutophone. I really felt honored, and the boys did a wonderful job.
Later in the evening they hooked up with a couple of their buddies and performed again.
A few of the acts were extremely funny: Hot Kool-Aid was a hoot, and David Blaine portrayed a street magician. A couple of guys performed an act that centered on which of them was sporting the tightest pants.
Samantha Crowe, a young lady that Lyn and I have come to know over the past couple of years, did a tremendous job in singing “Set Fire to Rain,” which was made popular by Adele, who’s one of my favorite singers.
Her family recorded it and put it on Samantha’s Facebook page. Since Sam sometimes adds the word “like” into her conversations, I played her video a couple of times just to count how many times that she inserted “like” into her song. But I couldn’t find a single unneeded “like” in her performance. I was like amazed.
Singariteeria (Greek for congratulations) to everyone involved with the production. It was a blast.
Shonk, a lifelong Southsider, is a 1960 graduate of Southport, a ’63 grad of Indiana Central College (now the University of Indianapolis) and a retired bus driver from Beech Grove Schools.