Last October more than 70 acts took to the stage for a chance to be part of the first annual “Naperville’s Got Talent”. Only 16 acts were chosen by members of the Interact Club of Neuqua Valley High School, Rotary Club of Naperville South, and the Rotaract Club of North Central College.
Even though there is no winner in the show, the performers are eager to get up on the stage in front of the community.
“I’m so excited, but nervous at the same time,” said singer Meagan Black.
Black’s solo at the show will be the first time she will ever perform in front of a large audience.
“I don’t sing in front of people,” said Black. “I like to sing and I think it’s about time for people to hear me.”
Black knows that no matter what happens while she sings on stage, she knows she will have the support of her family behind her.
“My mother is my biggest fan,” said Black. “She is with me every step of the way and she is so helpful.”
It’s all in the family with the Ben Lerner Group; these two brothers have been performing together since they were young boys.
“I got my first guitar when my brother got his first drum set,” said band performer Ben Lerner. “We kind of got better together on our separate instruments and it’s fun.”
What sets this band apart is that they don’t have a singer. The brothers write their own songs, and let their music speak for itself.
“The majority of the people who listen don’t like instrumental music,” said Lerner. “I like it better. It’s just a show and not a competition.”
A group of black belts from Sharkey’s Karate is one act that steps out from the rest. Many people use instruments to showcase their abilities, but one group performing uses its mind body and spirit to show off their talent.
The precise punches and sharp kicks helps the guys get a new level of self confidence.
“I feel like a new person,” said performer Tony Vittorioso. “It feels great to do karate. It’s the best feeling in the world.”
With the addition of knives, the performance must be flawless.
“It takes a lot of hard work,” said Vittorioso. “One little slip can really change everything. If we work hard everything will turn out perfect, the way it’s supposed to be.”
Whoever is performing on stage, one thing is true: Naperville’s got talent.
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