On Friday, May 17, the talented students of New Hope Academy participated in the school’s annual Springfest at the Yardley Community Centre. Emceed by NHA Director Dave Kennedy, the acts highlighted the various talents and capabilities of students from both the Yardley and Doylestown campuses. Performances included Adriana Aponte’s rendition of Hozier’s “CHerry Wine”; Oliver Dwyer, who performed Slothrust’s “Crockpot,” with Mike Riehl on guitar;
Bryan Burke’s raucous rendition of the Black Eyed Peas’ classic “Let’s Get It Started”; Donald Plankey, who sang Voltaire’s “When You’re Evil”; Chris Martin’s moving rendition of “Yes’s “Onward”; Maddy Tumpowsky, who sang “For Good” from the Broadway classic “Wicked”; Joe Markley performing Van Morrison’s “Moondance” on the flute; Jamie Lubov and Jaylan Lambert, who separately performed original songs; and DeShawn Sharpe, Jaylan Lambert, Sean Kelton, and Arsh Johri, who sang the hit song “Old Town Road.”
Also performing were yoga students Jenna Kohlke, Nick Kleeman, Macy Donahue, Mike Riehl, and Grace Gomez, who all displayed their flexibility. Crew 6, NHA’s hip-hop dance team, brought the house down with their incredible routine that was set to a variety of hip-hop songs. Crew 6 featured the dancing of Jem Morris, Jaylan Lambert, Kailey Banks, Nevaeh Bess, Shi’aire Harris, Adriana Aponte, Sean Kelton, and Gema Rosas-Lara. The NHA Jazz band, consisting of Shari Silverberg, Jaylan Lambert, Aria Lee, and Joe Markley, showed off their skills with Duke Ellington’s “Caravan.” The audience was treated to three acapella performances: NHA’s The Hopetones, singing “What’s Inside/Opening Up” from the musical “Waitress”; New Hope Academy’s choir singing “Shallow” from the movie “A Star Is Born”; and an all-female ensemble performing songs from the musical “Hamilton.”
Finally, the NHA Music Department closed the show with a stellar version of Stephen Stills’ classic “Love the One You’re With.” The talent of NHA was once again on full display!