Even before they took the stage last Thursday afternoon, Meghan Brosky and Addie Davidson were in sync.
When the pair of fourth-graders arrived at the Colchester High School auditorium with their mothers a few minutes early for their audition, they couldn’t contain their energy or enthusiasm.
Meghan, 10, and Addie, 9, quickly turned a narrow hallway into a makeshift stage where they got some last minute practice in for their singing and dancing routine, set to the song “Scars to Your Beautiful” by Alessia Cara.
“We both know it by heart, and we really like it,” the duo said in unison just minutes before climbing onto the stage in the newly remodeled auditorium to perform for the panel of judges.
The girls were just two of the 16 acts at last Thursday’s auditions for Colchester’s Got Talent, the showcase for the town’s winter carnival next weekend.
Because the rules state the first act chosen to perform a song is the only act allowed to sing that song, the girls had a backup prepared, although it was admittedly not as polished as their first choice.
“We did practice our backup song a little bit, but we mostly just practiced what we’re going to be singing,” Meghan said.
As it turned out, the pair was the first to audition on Thursday afternoon, landing the 3:45 p.m. slot.
As they mentally prepared themselves to take the stage, the duo felt mixed emotions. Unlike some of the other veteran contestants, it would be the first time Meghan and Addie would perform in front of judges in a public setting.
“We’re nervous and excited,” Addie said.
Judges rate each audition based on a 1-10 score in three categories: stage appearance and personality, technical ability and overall performance. But despite the formal scoring system, the judges aren’t out to discourage contestants.
“It’s about who stands out,” recreation specialist Mike LaPan said. “There might be a kid who’s a little nervous on stage, but they get up and they do a really cute act, and we want them to be part of it.”
Like many famous musicians and dancers, Meghan and Addie had their own unique pre-performance trick to help calm their nerves.
“We play with each other’s hair. It’s weird but it’s true!” Addie exclaimed.
For the most part, the tactic worked, the girls said as they critiqued their act in their post-performance interview.
“I think that we did good,” Meghan said. “But on a few little parts, we kind of were off – like a little behind. But other than that I think we did really good.”
The following day, the girls were informed they had received a call back to compete in the talent show on February 3.
Before they hit the stage to perform in front of a live audience, Meghan and Addie plan to beef up their dance and nail down the timing.
“I got a little confused on the dance,” Addie said.
Overall, the pair, who have been friends for two years, is looking forward to their performance next month. They are eager to be in front of a crowd, but even more thrilled to be on stage together.
“I’m excited about performing in front of my friends, because most of them watch it. And performing with my best friend,” Addie said.