IR Variety Show is ready for the spotlight

Date Published: 
March 14, 2014

Grab a seat in the dark, with a twinkle of light reflecting off the brass instruments and, as the lights rise, know that an entertaining night is ahead.

The Stage Band is ready to jam at Indian River High School. Curtains will rise on the annual Variety Show at 6:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, March 14 and 15.

“There’s different types of voices,” described senior Jyreé Brice, “something for everybody.”

He’ll be singing Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” and “Human Nature.”

At the first major rehearsal for the show, the Stage Band singers were learning a Beatles medley, honoring the group’s 50th anniversary in the U.S.

The pit band was next door, practicing three original songs from the musical “Dr. Ghost,” a dark comedy written by Eric Tsavdar, the Selbyville Middle School chorus teacher and a Variety Show veteran himself.

Other performances will include singing and dancing, with music by Carrie Underwood, Imagine Dragons, Stevie Wonder, the musical “Chicago” and more.

“Most of the Variety Show singers come from top singers in both chorus classes,” said IR music instructor Mark Marvel.

Paige Stevenson and Madison McCabe will glow in a black-light cheer routine.

A major percussion routine will also end with a surprise designed to delight audiences, and more talkative performers will do a “Saturday Night Live” comedy routine.

Live student musicians will accompany almost every act, and the audiences can keep their ears open for the sounds of piano and ukulele.

Marvel again led the crusade to arrange all of the sheet music for each instrument.

He’ll hop on stage to conduct, usually playing lead guitar, too.

“It’s going to be a lot of fun, so come on down,” said senior Andrew Chapdelaine

“It’s phenomenal,” McCabe added.

Tickets cost $7 at the door, and all proceeds benefit the IRHS music program. Drinks, hotdogs and other refreshments will be sold to keep the audiences’ mouths entertained, too.

“See the future faces of Hollywood!” said sophomore Cameron Goff.

“Come Out!” Marvel said. “Pack it.”