Back on stage: Lakeridge High School students to perform in annual Variety Show
When Ella Bartel was eight years old, she watched her older sister performing in the Lakeridge High School Company Choir Variety Show and said, "One day that'll be me."
Starting Thursday, April 21, Bartel will fulfill that wish on the Lakeridge stage alongside about 25 other students. This year's show, titled "Turn the Beat Around," will present classic and modern songs from a variety of genres over the course of two hours with solo and group performances, all choreographed and performed with a live orchestra.
The Variety Show is hosted by "Company," which is a competitive show choir that has previously traveled around the metro area to perform for a variety of audiences.
"All of my siblings have been part of the Variety Show, so it is sort of a legacy for not only me but the school and for other people. People can see a performance and one day aspire to go to Lakeridge and be on the stage," said Bartel, a senior at Lakeridge.
The show has been an annual event since 1971. In 2020, the group was just finishing up rehearsals when the first COVID-19 positive case was identified in the school district, which resulted in the show being postponed in person for nearly two years, according to choir teacher Bill Campbell.
"The show is such a good way to really come back from COVID and support young student performers and see what we have been wanting and craving to do for the past two years," said senior Jordyn Clinton.
The Variety Show is also an opportunity for the seniors to connect with one another and be on stage with their friends. Clinton and Alexa Shaheen will perform "Annie's Song" by John Denver together.
"The song gives me and Jordyn a chance to connect with each other. Which is something we prioritize because we're really close," Shaheen said. "That's the thing I love about Company the most is that these are my best friends and I get to spend all of my time with my favorite people. And it's just a privilege to work with them."
The Company's variety show will consist of about 20 musical numbers and audiences can expect songs in the genres of classic rock, pop, country and more spanning multiple decades. Senior Preston Barlow will perform the modern-day hit "Bruises" by Lewis Capaldi.
"Even though the song is about a relationship, for me it's also a song about going through life and being appreciative of the hard things. And that is the message that I definitely want to leave my high school theater career with," Barlow said.
Barlow added that the Variety Show has been something he's wanted to be part of "forever."
"The (show) is a good chance to connect with music; as Mr. Campbell says: 'When you connect with music, you plug into the room,'" said Barlow. "(Music) just makes you feel a way that can't be replicated with anything else"
IF YOU GO:
When: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22; 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 23.
Where: Lakeridge High School Auditorium
Tickets: Tickets are $14 for adults, and $10 for students and available online at http://www.losdschools.org/lhs" www.losdschools.org/lhs
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