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NMJC Talent Show a Hit

4/8/2008 8:22:32 a.m. - Hobbs, NM. Watson Hall Theatre was definitely the place to be on Monday, April 7, as the 1st Annual Thunderbird Showcase highlighted the diverse talents of students, faculty, and staff of New Mexico Junior College.

Sponsored by the Campus Ambassadors as a fundraiser, the event was filled with comedy, music, song, dance, drama, and all-around good entertainment.

The evening opened with the lively humor of stand-up comedian Chad Patterson, followed by the mellow sounds of PJ Ferguson on piano. Cecily Coleman presented an emotion-charged dramatic monologue from the April DeAngelis production of Playhouse Creatures.

Next up was the NMJC Percussion Ensemble, comprised of Patrick Ferguson, Brandon Johnson, Reuben Calzada, and Ray Brown. After Josh Pleasant wowed the audience with his one-man electric hip-hop routine, Dean of Arts & Humanities Mickey Best delighted the crowd with his very funny reading of the slightly skewed fairy tale "Rindercella."

Patterson, accompanied by Dr. Yau-Sun Wong on piano, took the stage once again, this time to sing "Mack the Knife." A pure-energy hip-hop performance by Tiffany Michelle Lopez, Josh Pleasant, and Sara Marquez was followed by Ray Ortega, who played the guitar and sang a soulful rendition of "God in Me."

Patrick Ferguson, Brandon Johnson, Reuben Calzada, and Ray Brown, showed off their musical talent and diversity once again as the NMJC Jam Band. Richie Lewis's performance was a true crowd-pleaser as he sang and played the piano. Tammy Lopez and Tiffany Michelle Lopez followed with a hilarious skit performed to Alan Jackson's "Little Bitty."

The evening concluded with the NMJC Rock Band of Ferguson, Johnson, Calzada, and Brown, along with Zayra Burciaga, performing a rousing rendition of the Cream classic "In the Sunshine of Your Love."

Dr. Regina Organ, Vice President of Student Services, voiced the feelings of the entire audience when she proclaimed the event a huge success. "It was great," she said. "I truly enjoyed the evening, and I'm so proud of these students and their performances. I hope we can have these more often. Everyone needs to come and see how talented our students truly are."

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