Performance

'Silent Monks' put on imaginative and hilarious show without saying a word

February 4th, 2021

Is it possible to make someone, let alone a huge crowd laugh without saying a word?

That is indeed a hard question, but you’ll get the answer right away once you see this video of high schoolers’ stage performance. Without saying a single word, this group of young performers made everyone laughing in their seats.

Talking about school talent shows.

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School talent shows offer students a venue for them to showcase their talents, may it be singing, dancing, or acting. It’s a great way to expose them to other fields in school aside from academic learning. With the help of these non-academic activities, they will hone not only their talents but also their social skills.

Now, this performance from a group of talented high school students will make you chuckle if not burst into waves of laughter.

Monks as we all know them.

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We may know a thing or two about them but not everything. According to Wikipedia, a monk is:

“…a person who practices religious asceticism by monastic living, either alone or with any number of other monks. A monk may be a person who decides to dedicate his life to serving all other living beings, or to be an ascetic who voluntarily chooses to leave mainstream society and live his or her life in prayer and contemplation.”

These high schoolers decide to dress up as monks with absolutely no intention of making fun of them. Soon, you’ll find out why.

Each member holds a sign and everyone is wondering why.

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Well, it’s simply because they are in character as “silent monks”, each sign has a word from the chorus part of the song “Hallelujah” by George Frideric Handel. It must ring a bell, right? That familiar song with the resounding “Hallelujah! Hallelujah!” lyrics.

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Calling their performance creative is actually an understatement.

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While most students would usually do a comic dance mashup or do an awesome song number, these guys, however, stepped up their game. What do you exactly call this type of performance? Well, let’s just call it – genius!

As the song goes, each of them flashes the lyric written on their signs, and yes, the timing is 100% perfect!

They are not just flipping signs, there’s still choreography in it.

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I mean, these high schoolers are monsters when it comes to creativity! They flash each sign accordingly whether the tone goes high or low.

And as the lyrics go, “For the Lord God omnipotent reigneth…” the set of guys on the right shows the lyrics without anyone missing a single beat. If their act doesn’t amaze you, then I don’t know what would.

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But hey, look closely at the small monk near the end at the right.

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When the group at the right goes in with the high notes, they all lift their cards high above their heads which becomes a bit of a problem for that member. With no other choices left, the shorter member jumps high to match the height of the other members, and the results – hilarity!

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You will also notice two other members who seem to be behind the first three members on the left. They may be in the shadows but they are still an important part of the group.

The video of their creative performance already gained over 21.5 million views since it was uploaded.

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That’s together with tens of thousands of likes and over 2,000 comments. YouTube user Carolyn wrote:

“This is the most hilarious video I’ve ever seen! I can only imagine the hours and hours of practice that went into this. Congratulations to these students!”

While YouTube user Mike Allen (who seems to be the music teacher responsible for putting the production together) explained:

“I think the original idea was on a variety show in the late 60’s. I saw an early version of it done by another high school and asked permission to do it and they were great about it. I’ve shipped our monk costumes to different states to use in their own productions. Good times. It was fun preparing it. We’ve done it a couple of times since but there’s nothing like the original!”

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School performances like this is a refresher for students who are grinding hard in their academic subjects. This one, in particular, is something that these students will be looking back to even after so many years. For the school, it’s a performance that will be written on their books, something that will make them laugh and proud at the same time.

Laugh with us, watch their hilarious and creative performance in the video below.

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Source: See It Live, YouTube/Sally Mathes, Wikipedia

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