Variety Show to Benefit Dance Marathon

By Colene Gibson

Students will be giving it their all and showing off their talents on the Auditorium stage for the Niles West’s annual Variety Show on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m.

Admission tickets will be sold for $5 at the door. No tickets will be sold in advance, and all proceeds benefit Dance Marathon.

“It’s basically like a talent show.  It’s like Niles West Idol.  It’s like Niles West’s Got Talent,” said Variety Show sponsor, George Bravos.  “It’s a lot of fun, and we’ve had a lot of talent the past ten years.  It’s not a production like the King and I where there’s a lot of time and money put into the set.  It’s just people who have talent walking on the stage and giving it their all.”

Performances include musical acts, dance numbers, solo performances, and a comedy routine.  Students such as Flatley and Eric Tranton will be performing in the Variety Show.

Faculty members will also perform in the Variety Show.  In previous years, teachers had performed acts such as a Glee Club number.

When asked about what he is looking forward to most about the event, Bravos said, “Personally, I’m looking forward to seeing every seat filled in the auditorium.”

In response to being asked about the most anticipated act, Bravos said, “Gosh, I like them all.  The V-show has so much talent.  The bands have been excellent.  There are a lot of solo singers.  There are dancers.  There’s a yo-yo player.  There’s a classical pianist.  There’s a celloist. [The craziest talent is probably] the comedian.”

“I’ve always pushed to have [the event] in the spring.  It’s a good way to go out and have some fun at the end of the year when you’re all tired of school,” said Bravos.