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The Indian River Variety Show came out with a bang last weekend, as 35 acts consisting of more than 50 students put on their best performances Friday and Saturday nights. The annual performance, headed by the school’s band and chorus director, Mark Marvel, uses money from ticket and food sales to benefit the music department at the school.

Altogether, more than 500 tickets were sold, with a packed house on Friday night that eventually resulted in standing room only. Students not in the performance were treated to a free, abbreviated version of the show on Tuesday.

Entrants performed dance numbers, singing scores and instrumental performances, as well as a comedy act that staged a performance based on the widely popular Spartan Cheerleaders from “Saturday Night Live.”

“The show lasted two and a half hours exactly,” Marvel said. “It was perfect. I’ve been to some schools and they could go on for over three hours, and you kill the audience with that. This year turned out to be a wonderful show. I think everyone had a really good time.”