Local duo Take 2 performs at Monument Elementary

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BENNINGTON >> A pair of local students who have competed on reality shows such as The Voice and The X Factor performed a concert on Thursday for students at Monument Elementary on Monday.

Adrian and Julian Woodrow, musically talented identical twins collectively known as Take 2, are residents of Sunderland, and are currently seniors at Burr and Burton Academy. They both sing and play the guitar and ukulele, and recently released their first album, "End of the Night." This month, they are touring through 10 local schools, in order to share their experiences in the music industry, and to spark interest in children.

"Monument, this is exciting!" said principal Donna Cauley during her introduction, to the assembled students, "We have our own concert here live at Monument!" The twins performed on a stage which, because the school play, "Peter Pan," will be put on Friday and Saturday, was decorated with paper trees and other scenery.

"You must be thinking," said Adrian, "that we look a lot alike." The brothers refer to themselves as mirror twins, as one is right-handed and the other is left-handed. While both are legally Woodrows, the slightly younger Adrian often goes by Chirtea, their mother's last name.

They started off the concert with a cover of Justin Timberlake's "Mirrors," and in between songs told the students stories of their careers thus far. In third grade, they played their first concert, in their school's lunch room. By 7th grade, they'd played their first paid gig, in front of a crowd of seven people. "We got paid, so it counted," they joked.

When they were 13, they were one of over 20,000 amateur acts that auditioned for the reality television show The Voice, and made it onto the second season of the show before being one of the final 60 acts cut to bring the total down to 100. Noting that many of the performers on The Voice are professionals who have been in the industry for a long time, they spoke of their time as a learning experience, and appreciated the opportunity to meet and work with so many talented people, although it was often nerve-racking. "They sit you in a room with a bunch of high level producers, who are deciding your fate. It's sickeningly terrifying."

When they tried out for X-Factor, they were invited to a live audition in front of a crowd of over 4,000, the largest crowd they'd ever performed for. Adrian had a hint for the students as to how to avoid stage fright, however. "We don't wear our contacts on stage," he said, "so we can't see anything, so we never get scared."

After a performance of Five Seconds of Summer's "Amnesia," the duo invited a student, Sidney, who was celebrating his birthday, onto the stage. They led the crowd in a signing of "Happy Birthday," and gave him a crown and a copy of their new CD, which they said had been recorded at the Armory in Hoosick Falls. While they played several original songs, the students favorites were easily "The Lazy Song" by Bruno Mars and "Counting Stars" by OneRepublic.

Take 2 will play a concert next Friday, April 3, at 6 p.m. Tickets for that show are $5, to cover the cost of travel, and everyone who attends will get a free signed poster. You can learn more about Adrian and Julian at their website, take2official.com.

Derek Carson can be reached for comment at 802-447-7567, ext. 122.


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