By Julie Johansen
The Night of Desert Stars was presented by the drama department at Emery High as a fundraiser this week. The proceeds garnered from the event will be used to purchase costumes and scenery for the upcoming production of “XANADO.” Throughout the evening, 30 different numbers, including songs, pantomimes, skits and readings from many major Broadway hits were presented to a large audience.
Solos were sung by Katie McCandless, Makenna Bennett, Rebecca Barney, Cambrie Bennett, Taylor Durrant, Brooklyn Potter, Peter Outz, Brynee Urie, Elena de Nard and Kelsey Hulse. Duets were performed by Tia and Kelsey Hulse, Parker Stilson and Jaron Hansen, Lon Huntsman and Brooklyn Potter, Jordyn Wolford and Jace Collard as well as Collard and John Seeley. A quartet of girls, Haylie Guymon, Cambrie Bennett, Jordyn Wolford and Hallee Cordnei, sang “Mama Who Bore Me.”
Readings were presented by Maddie Thomas, Ethan Olsen, Levi Olsen, Faryn Hulse, Ethan Staples, Kiri Cook, Matt Christensen, Danielle Simmons, Gabi Lopez and September Fausett. Teaming up as pairs for presentations were Shaylee Grange and Byron Christiansen, Nick Lake and Kaylie McCandless, and Lon Huntsman and Brooklyn Potter.
The Night of Desert Stars was presented both Wednesday and Thursday in the auditorium at Emery High under the direction of Neal Peacock, the school’s drama instructor.