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Showcase of talent

Residents, staff perform to full house at Eagle’s Trace

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May 8th, 2018
The Eagle Vista Boys (from left) Associate Executive Director Michael Friedel, Director of General Services Michael McKissack, Financial Analyst Andrew Ferraiuolo, and Executive Director Stephen Aigner perform at ET’s Got Talent.

The Eagle Vista Boys (from left) Associate Executive Director Michael Friedel, Director of General Services Michael McKissack, Financial Analyst Andrew Ferraiuolo, and Executive Director Stephen Aigner perform at ET’s Got Talent.

The best shows end with everyone on the dance floor, and the recent talent show at Eagle’s Trace was no exception.

Residents of the West Houston community lined up an hour before showtime to get front-row seats for ET’s Got Talent, a variety show organized by the resident life and entertainment committees.

“The talent show was originally scheduled for fall 2017, but it was postponed in the wake of Hurricane Harvey,” says Community Resources Coordinator Lisa Hadley. “The anticipation’s been building ever since. We have some great entertainers who live and work at Eagle’s Trace.”

Fun lineup of performers

The Eagle’s Trace Temptations opened the show with a nod to Motown favorites. Dressed in their signature black suits and white socks, Jack Cinque, Ray Doba, Dennis Gregg, Garland Walker, and Noel Thomas boogied into the Garden Room Restaurant—the evening’s venue—to the delight of the audience.

The Eagle’s Trace Strummers, a ukulele ensemble led by Buddy Griffin, kept the classics coming with performances of Louis Armstrong’s “When You’re Smiling,” Don Ho’s “Tiny Bubbles,” and The Four Aces’ “Heart of My Heart.”

The mood shifted as the stage was transformed into the Juke Joint Saloon, and the Eagle’s Trace line dancers took the floor. Sandy Wills kept the country theme going with a soulful rendition of “Desperado,” before Fitness Coordinator Shirley Woods took center stage with her accordion.

To close out the show, Executive Director Stephen Aigner and his sharp-dressed entourage, Associate Executive Director Michael Friedel, Financial Analyst Andrew Ferraiuolo, and Director of General Services Michael McKissack, brought down the house with their Elvis-esque moves.

As the audience spilled onto the dance floor, residents and staff couldn’t contain their enthusiasm.

“Sometimes it’s just fun to have fun,” says Hadley.

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