What I’ve Been Looking For

Last year, when our church announced that there was going to be a talent show, Bart signed us up. Unfortunately, he didn’t actually have anything in mind to perform and I didn’t have any brilliant ideas either (also, I usually don’t really love talent shows).

In my family, you do not perform unless you really have something worth performing. I remember my dad and a few of his friends doing a Beatles song when I was about 12 or 13. They rolled their suit pants up, cut their ties to look really skinny, wore these hilarious wigs, and made guitars out of cardboard and various nuts and bolts. It was very awesome.

A day or two before the talent show, we realized it might easily be the most hilarious thing in the world to do one of the song and dance numbers from “High School Musical.” The main reason we thought it would be so great is because our church has about fifty bazillion children (last year, I heard we had 70 ages 3 and under). We also knew that practically every child there would know “High School Musical” backwards and forwards.

But at that point, it was too late to pull it off. Next year.

About a month ago, the sign-up sheet for this year’s talent show was passed around and this time we signed up, knowing exactly what we were going to do.

We rented HSM from the library and spent several evenings in front of the TV, with all the furniture pushed out of the way, learning the choreography.

After the first evening, it seemed like maybe we’d bitten off more than we could chew. Was there any way we could learn this whole thing before the show?

Then, on Monday, we tried running through the whole thing. Imagine our surprise when we discovered that we knew it all. All of it! Hoorah!

Last night was the big performance. I wore a brightly colored sequined skirt, with big flashy earrings and sparkly high heels (rubberbanded around my feet so they wouldn’t fall off mid-jazz square) and Bart wore a bright shirt. We’d made amazingly good-looking microphones out of toilet paper tubes (covered in white paper) and frosted silver Christmas balls. We had our CD with the song on it and a friend all prepped to cue the music.

As we got closer to our turn, I started getting a little nervous – was this really going to be as hilariously awesome as I hoped?

We did the whole number and got quite a bit of laughing and cheering, but frankly, I was in such a fog of concentration that I hardly noticed. I was too worried about forgetting a vital step or falling off of my high heels.

The show went on and we went back to our seats, where my hands continued shaking for a good ten minutes.

Afterwards, though, we were mobbed by people telling us how hilarious it was and asking how long it had taken to learn it. And when we went to B and Ralphie’s later on and watched the video, I was amazed by how loud the cheering was and what a ridiculous amount of laughter we generated.

And by “we,” I clearly mean “Bart,” because that man stole the show.

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  • Reply Chelsea June 2, 2008 at 2:34 am

    That was hilarious! And very brave can I say! I didn’t know you guys were so talented!!!!

  • Reply Alicia June 2, 2008 at 2:51 am

    Excellent work. Bart can dance? Who knew?

  • Reply Nina G June 2, 2008 at 2:54 am

    FANTASTIC!! We all gathered around the screen and cheered and clapped along with the crowd. All those years of drama and family reunion songs have prepared you for this fine moment!

  • Reply Ben June 2, 2008 at 3:09 am

    That’s awesome! Wow. That made my day. 🙂 Great job! (I watched the video first and then read the post, and I’d totally thought the mikes were real…)

  • Reply Melanie June 2, 2008 at 3:19 am

    Bart really did ham it up. That was great!

  • Reply Carly Jane June 2, 2008 at 3:21 am

    That was AWESOME!! I laughed out loud and clapped and cheered for you from my little couch in Blanding, Utah. Rock on. Thank you for putting a huge smile on my face!

  • Reply bawb June 2, 2008 at 3:22 am

    That’s awesome. Even more impressive than amusing, to my mind.

  • Reply B June 2, 2008 at 3:34 am

    I’m so proud. I feel so famous because you can hear my “I LOVE you Sharpay!”


    (this is your amazing friend Ralphie)

  • Reply Lisa June 2, 2008 at 3:52 am

    I have not seen HSM, but ya’ll are so cute! and seriously, when you turn sideways you all but disappear you’re so TINY!

  • Reply jaction June 2, 2008 at 4:05 am

    Very funny! I’d never have the guts to do that.

  • Reply TheMoncurs June 2, 2008 at 4:37 am

    Bwahahahaha I demand an encore presentation when we get to Vegas. That was awesome and I haven’t even seen HSM.

    You were all cute and I was like, “aww” and Bart was all hammy and I was like “HAHA” and the whole thing was awesome. Way to be.

    Talent shows terrify me.

  • Reply housewife June 2, 2008 at 4:42 am

    very very cute

  • Reply emily kate June 2, 2008 at 4:46 am

    Haha! I love it! That’s hilarious! My husband would never do that in a million years! 🙂

  • Reply Merrick June 2, 2008 at 5:04 am

    That was so awesome! Wish we could have been there to cheer along…

  • Reply Jen June 2, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Very cool! My husband and I are both waaaaay too awkward and shy for that, but you all really rocked it!

  • Reply chelon:) June 2, 2008 at 2:17 pm

    it was absolutely fabulous and entertaining! my kids loved it. 🙂 best talent of the night!!

  • Reply Jeanelle June 2, 2008 at 3:15 pm

    Oh my GOSH, Janssen! I LOVE IT! You are just so darling, as is Bart. I can’t decide if I liked your performance more or the excitement of the little girl down front who almost joined you on stage!

  • Reply ashley June 2, 2008 at 5:18 pm

    That was so stinkin funny…I LOVED IT! My favorite was clearly the cartwheel. Bah Hah Ha!

  • Reply Lindsay June 2, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    Awesome! I bet the kids, along with the adults, in your ward just loved it! I possibly could get up in front of everyone and do that sort of thing, but we definitely wouldn’t be as coordinated as you and Bart were!

  • Reply Douglas Carl June 2, 2008 at 5:35 pm

    Loved it. Can you do it at our next family reunion?

  • Reply RA June 2, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    You guys are so cute, I can hardly stand it. My husband would NEVER do something like that with me, which is probably for the best since he is dangerous on a dance floor.

  • Reply ambrosia ananas June 2, 2008 at 6:15 pm

    Very cute! Great job.

  • Reply Operation Pink Herring June 2, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    My dream is for me and my friends to do a HSM or Moulin Rouge number at the wedding. You guys are the coolest people I’ve ever seen. That video made my day!

  • Reply Heather June 2, 2008 at 6:39 pm

    Loved it. And I totally appreciate how much work it was to learn all the choreography because Rick and I did that same number for a family reunion talent show two summers ago. Bart’s jazz square was my favorite. No, the cartwheel. No, the jazz square. Way to be brave guys. The teens and preteens must’ve been eating out of your hand.

  • Reply Bethany June 2, 2008 at 7:58 pm

    yep. that was awesome!

  • Reply Rhiannon June 2, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    I love you for this. I’m going to need to start some sort of talent program at my church so that I can perform a cheer from Bring it On that I may or may not already have memorized.

  • Reply Isabel June 2, 2008 at 9:32 pm

    Two words:


    (I love how that little boy and girl get up at the start of your jazz solo. They are clearly loving YOU!)

  • Reply LONICA June 3, 2008 at 1:27 am

    Awesome! I would have been so intimidated to preform in the talent show, but you did an awesome job!

  • Reply Britt June 3, 2008 at 3:46 am

    I love that you posted the video. Thank you so much for letting us see it!!! I wish I had the guts to do something like that!

    And hello Bart! You rock!

  • Reply Amber June 3, 2008 at 6:24 am

    Fantastic – I am speechless at the talent that is in your family! 😀

  • Reply Cricket June 3, 2008 at 7:16 am

    THAT WAS TOTALLY WICKED!! my kids are HSM nuts (admittedly…. I am too) and that was just great!!

    PS- thank Kayla for sending me over 🙂

  • Reply Kristy June 3, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Oh wow,that was definitely a highlight of my week, maybe my month. I aspire to be as cool as you two.

  • Reply Noelle June 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    I’m very impressed you two! I was at work when I watched it, so no sound, but even without, you guys rock!

  • Reply Whitney June 5, 2008 at 4:34 pm

    *Standing Ovation*
    That was AWESOME!! I love HSM, and I must say, you gave them a run for their money 😉
    That was such a cute idea and it looked like so much fun!

  • Reply Le Petit Chic June 6, 2008 at 2:26 pm

    Oh my gosh, you guys are so cute! And, yeah, so much braver than I! I love Bart’s leg kicks…too funny 🙂

  • Reply TheMoncurs June 7, 2008 at 10:15 pm

    It is weird that I’ve watched this like five times? Mostly for the jazz square. Everyone loves a good jazz square…

  • Reply Angela Noelle June 11, 2008 at 12:58 am

    Oh man, that was worthy of second viewing. Sherry had told me about this, but hearsay does not serve you nearly as well as a page visit! So great.

  • Reply Ashley September 23, 2017 at 11:26 am

    Comin here from your insta story…. LOVE this! So so funny. You guys killed it. Even though I’m probably WAY too old, I too am still a High School Musical fan. 🙂

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