Dancers, magicians, guitarists and more. Almost every vaudeville-style talent was on display, and the young performance gave their all for the enthusiastic audience.

The showcase for all this talent was the annual Osborn Hill Variety Show on Friday evening, an event so big that it had to be moved to the larger auditorium at Roger Ludlowe Middle School. Several hundred people gathered to enjoy 43 acts by Osborn Hill Elementary School students in kindergarten through fifth grade. It all concluded with a big "Party Rock Anthem" by an ensemble of fifth graders.

"This has been done for many years and is just for the kids to show their talent," said Elisa Grignano, the ticket manager, about the show.

And there was no lack of talent on display.

Eight-year-old Sam Frank strummed an Eric Clapton guitar medley like a pro. Precocious Kelly Westerback crooned, "White Horse." Robbie Donahue, Robbie McIntosh and Tommy Melvin, sporting slicked back hair and karate uniforms, performed "Kung Fu Fighting." Campbell and Hayden Mattus made the audience smile as mock senior citizens singing, "Get Your Bingo On."

As their children appeared on the stage, parents rushed to the head of the aisles with electronics devices to capture all the action, while others the kids from their seats.

Sure enough, Osborn Hill's got talent.

Mike Lauterborn is a freelance writer.