Christmas music ringing from a stereo in the Commons area of St. Dominic Regional High School set the mood for the impending show. On Sunday, December 8, the Second Annual St. Dom’s Variety Show was all set to begin. Even a minor snowstorm was not enough to keep families away from the show. The profits raised from the admission tickets were donated to Catholic Charities of Maine to help people in the area.

The Masters of Ceremony for the night were Melody Grant and Dustin Barry; the pair provided comic relief throughout the night.

Twenty-one acts lit up the stage on Sunday. Many seniors were involved in the show. Chris Belisle sang a song while Pat O’Connell played electric guitar. Tressa Stalford played a beautiful song on the violin titled “A Musical Journey Through Christmas.” Brandi Weber sang “I Will Love Again” as well as a duet with junior Josh Palmer to “Nobody Wants to be Lonely.” Bethany Rae Saindon sang two songs: “I Could Not Ask for More” and “Born to Fly.” Amanda Caldwell sang while Angela Cyr played the piano to “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” from the musical Phantom of the Opera. Andrew Girouard played a stunning piece on the piano. Nick Albert, Pat O’Connell, and sophomore Jake Albert, who make up the band Short of April, played several songs.

In addition, the SWVs-Saints With Voices, St. Dom’s own show choir-boasted beautiful harmonies while the St. Dom’s Jazz Ensemble made the audience want to get up and dance. Many other students braved the stage with dance routines, pieces on musical instruments, and astounding vocal performances.

The night was an enormous success filled with overwhelming talent. All who attended were treated to a wonderful show, helped out a Maine charity, and left with a little more of the Christmas Spirit.


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