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Kids & Teens Show Off Skills At THON 2024 Talent Show

The THON Kids’ Talent Show returned Saturday night, and like most years, the acts didn’t disappoint.

A group of music therapists and Four Diamonds families opened the talent show with a performance of an original song set to the tune of “We Don’t Talk About Bruno” from the movie “Encanto.” The lyrics were a mix of Four Diamond and THON references, sung by everyone with several children playing multiple instruments.

Child life specialists performed a poem titled “Twas the Night Before THON,” a play on the Christmas song “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” It told the story of Four Diamond children and the types of activities they get to enjoy during treatment.

They then sang a song set to the tune of “The Addams Family,” and the entire arena clapped and sang along. After that, the group sang another song they had created to the tune of the bingo nursery rhyme.

Eleven-year-old Sarah Zeisloft danced to the “Get’cha Head in the Game” from “High School Musical” with the Penn State club basketball team. She rocked the performance and finished it with a mini-hoop slam dunk.

After that, Shiloh and Harper Crimmel performed a cheerleading dance routine to the song “Feather” by Sabrina Carpenter with members of the Lionentess dance squad.

Carly Wilfong performed a Hawaiian dance number to the song “Hawaiian Rollercoaster Ride” from the movie “Lilo and Stitch.” It was a crowd favorite, and by the end, Wilfong had everyone doing the hula dance.

Celia Cosentino, her sister, and the club ultimate frisbee team danced to the song “Fight Song” by Rachel Platten. Toward the end, they even broke out into a kickline, which if they’re not careful, may put the Lionenttes out of a job.

Next was Clara and Scarlett Shepp who performed a gymnastics routine. The girls performed a full set of flips and turns and showed off their flexibility.

After that was Charlize Curry who performed a routine to “Run The World (Girls)” by Beyonce. The crowd knew who ran the world, and it was Charlize, whose moves rocked the arena and had many people joining in her dance.

Following Curry, Hailey Wile and her sister performed virtually. She played “Hot Cross Buns” on the recorder but with a twist.

Georgia Bomgardner came out dressed like Dorothy from “The Wizard of Oz” and performed “Somewhere over the Rainbow” on violin. With her ruby shoes on, she didn’t miss a single note and got a standing ovation from the crowd after she finished.

Despite taking a few minutes to get everything ready, Jackson Brennen needed no introduction as he sang and played the guitar to the song “Should I Stay Or I Should I Go” by The Clash. Brennen also had Charlize Curry join him on stage as a background dancer.

Mario Ouardi, who dressed to the nines in a sparkly blue jacket, showed off his pipes with the song “My Girl” by The Temptations. Ouardi was joined by a group of background dancers sporting the same blue sparkly jacket.

Mina Horan sang “Diamonds” by Rihanna and she truly had the place shining bright like a diamond. On top of her fantastic singing, the entire Bryce Jordan Center backed her up and had their cell phone lights on for the entire performance.

Devin Pulaski was joined by her younger brother and sang “Bright” from the show “Julie and the Phantoms.” With her brother backing her up with dances, she made the arena bright with her song.

Levi and Christian Krodel were up next, and they performed a fantastic lightsaber battle. Levi was dressed as the Mandalorian while Christian was dressed as a Darth Sith. After a back-and-forth battle, Levi came out victorious and defeated his brother using the Force.

Adeline Cosentino gave another virtual performance, the sister of Celia, who danced to “Fight Song.” She sang a cover of the song “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus.

Finally, to wrap things up, the Fleagle brothers performed “The Greatest Show” from the movie “The Greatest Showman.” The oldest Fleagle brother played drums while providing backup vocals, while the two younger brothers wore black top hats and sang the main vocals. The aura of this performance was through the roof, and from the first line, every one knew this performance was going rock the house.

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Matt Brown

Matt is a senior majoring in broadcast journalism and minoring in sports studies from Bensalem, Pa. Matt is a huge Philadelphia sports fan and an overall sports fan in general. When not watching sports, you'll find him taking down any Dollar Dog challenge or rewatching the Big Ten Maps Commercial. To reach him, follow him on Twitter and Instagram: @matt_brown63, or email him at [email protected].

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