Teachers show off their skills

Wednesday, January 18, 2012 - 20:00
Event raises money for Make-A-Wish
Chugiak High teachers Mike Martinson, left, and Brian Mason perform during the opening act of “Teachers Got Talent” at Chugiak on Jan. 13. The event raised money for the CHS student body and Alaska’s chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

When Chugiak High teacher Angela Armstrong reflects on her time as a Chugiak student two decades ago, one event comes to mind — “Faculty Follies.”

The teacher talent show has been a long-lasting memory for the 1992 graduate.

“It is one of the few things I remember going to that was just a blast,” said Armstrong, now a student council advisor.

Chugiak resurrected the event Friday, Jan. 13 under a new name — “Teachers Got Talent” — to raise money for its student body and the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

“I just thought it was a great way to get students involved,” Armstrong said.

Student body president Mina Sayer, along with Armstrong and student council advisor Lisa Reed, came up with the idea to bring back the talent show.

“We wanted something that was fun,” Sayer said.

Sayer said she wanted to ensure Chugiak’s donations stayed in state. Because the funds will be given to the foundation’s Alaska office, all the money will stay in state and go to Alaska kids, Armstrong said.

“We all just thought it was a really good foundation to donate to,” Sayer said. “It was a good fit for us.”

The event raised $1,038 from ticket sales, half of which will go to the student body and half to Make-A-Wish. An additional $220 was collected from audience members voting on their favorite act by putting change and paper bills into a jug for each of the 10 acts. All of the proceeds from voting will be donated to Make-A-Wish.

“I think is was pretty successful,” Sayer said. “We ran out of programs, so that was good.”

Armstrong was also impressed with the number of tickets sold.

“I am ecstatic about the student turnout,” she said. “I hope it becomes a tradition.”

The number in attendance was no surprise to Reed.

“Our community is incredibly supportive,” she said.

The night featured several musical acts — including a rap — standup comedy and the playing of “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” on wine glasses. Teacher Ali High, who modeled her act — and outfit — after Sandra Bullock’s character from Miss Congeniality, performed the latter.

“I loved it,” freshman Mycah Sturm said. “It was so funny.

“It was so cool seeing my teachers doing this,” she added. “Most of the time they’re so serious.”

Reed credited the students behind the scenes for putting on a smooth-running show.

“I was very impressed with the children backstage,” she said. “I had to do very little for them.”

Sophomore stage manager Rachel Hall said the night went relatively glitch-free.

“It was a lot of fun, and it was really good experience,” she said.

Hall said she enjoyed seeing her teachers “let loose.”

As far as acting in front of her students, Armstrong said she had about 30 seconds of nervousness before settling down. She and Reed were part of a group of six that put on a “Greek Olympaganza” skit, which used comedy to touch on highlights from Greek mythology.

“I had the best time,” Armstrong said. “Teachers are performers anyway, so it was a natural transition to the stage.”


Contact Mike Nesper at 694-2727 or [email protected]

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