The stage was set and the Riverbank Community Center started filling up early for a night of entertainment on Saturday, Feb. 17. That was the evening set aside for the family-friendly Riverbank’s Got Talent show, hosted by the Riverbank Parks and Recreation Department. This competition was open to all ages with talent from singers, dancers, musicians, and a young comedian among the acts taking the stage.
Auditions began in January and were held at the Parks and Recreation office. Performances had to be approved by city staff and had to be suitable for all ages. Parks and Recreation Supervisor Kerrie Webb was the master of ceremonies and when there was a little downtime in between acts she gave a little performance herself, keeping the audience entertained with a few jokes.
There were four judges selected to give commentary. They were also tasked with selecting one act that was chosen as the best performance of the night. After tough deliberation, the judges selected Jack Douglass, who played an impressive arrangement on the piano. Douglass is self-taught on the piano with the help of You Tube videos.
There were a few dancers that had their own style of dance from hip hop, and contemporary, to freestyle and Ballet Folklorico. A few singers hit the stage that belted out a variety of songs and one duo that even had a rap. Youngster Jon Carlo got the crowd laughing with his standup comedian performance. Wayne Hill gave an instrumental performance with his trumpet that entertained the crowd. The band Los Monros del Rio performed a song that had the audience cheering.
The night was filled with a variety of talent and all participants received a certificate and a trophy along with cheers and applause from the audience.