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A quintet of cello players won first place for their presentation of an unusual arrangement of a Rolling Stones song. The group dressed in 1960's garb--including wigs. From left, Joe Berns, Amber Kalina, Annalee Beaver, Andrew Riestenberg, and Lucas Wuebben.

From Johnny Cash to heavy metal, to Elvis...talent show had it all

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From Elvis hisownself to a bunch of longhairs playing a cello arrangement of a Rolling Stones tune, the 2009 Perham Community Talent Show featured non-stop music, laughs and surprises.

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In the process, the Interact group--which is a youth Rotary organization--raised nearly $1,000 to help their school combat budget and program cuts.

A dozen acts took the stage, with the contest judged by a three-member team of ReNae Tangen, Denise Tappe and Steve Peloquin.

Winning the competition was a quintet of cello players from the Perham High School orchestra. With long-hair wigs and "back to the 60's" attitude, the group thrilled the audience with an unusual, classical arrangement of the Rolling Stones rock tune, "Paint It Black."

Winning second place was a previous talent show winner, Katie Baker, who sang one of her original songs, accompanying herself on guitar.

Third place went to another singer familiar to the Perham stage, as a vocal soloist and community theater performer, Sophie Thiel.

In what has become a tradition at the talent show, the Perham Area Rotary Club performed the finale.

A makeshift, motley crew of musicians backed up Dr. Rand Stolee and Chuck Johnson as they whipped up the crowd with a latin-flavored Santana number. Stolee impersonated Elvis Presley with "Heartbreak Hotel". The Rotary group concluded with a rowdy version of the surf song "Wipeout," with Bob Kalina and Mike Howey banging the drums as a duo--while students and other perfomers filled the stage with a wild, unplanned "American Bandstand"-style dance showcase.

Other performers included:

•Master of Ceremony Kjirsten Kroenke performing a speech team piece.

•Electric blues by the "Hofland Brothers."

•Father-son team Shawn and Aaron Weatherhead performed the Johnny Cash favorite, "Folsom Prison Blues," with dad Shawn on vocals and Aaron on guitar.

•An interpretive dance by Sally Avant.

•Scott Eickschen singing a Goo Goo Dolls selection.

•Perham math teacher and coach doing a medley of dance maneuvers.

•Christian heavy metal band "A Cause to Prosper."

•Singer Sam Stoll, performing "True" by Ryan Cabrera.

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