The Highlands Variety Show is a unique opportunity for our students to express their creativity! It has become a school favorite over the years, providing students with a welcoming platform and families with a memorable night to see their kids shine.
This year’s theme is 20/20 Perfect Vision!
Students may come up with a solo or group act that showcases a wide variety of talents. In the past, we’ve had singing, dancing, tumbling, magic acts, playing a musical instrument - solo, duet or in a group, comedy skits, and more. We also offer kids a couple of ways to participate if they don’t want to be onstage. Here are some guidelines that help the show run smoothly and keep the show centered on the kids and helping them all achieve their best.
2020 Rehearsal Schedule
First Looks Signups
Please use this SignUpGenius to sign up for your spot for First Looks:
You may also sign up in person after 3:10pm on March 3 or 5 outside the Music Room.
Alright, my kid is interested! What are these 1st and 2nd Looks all about?
First Looks: This is when the act comes in and shows me what they have in mind. This doesn’t have to be polished in any way. We will talk through what you want to do, what props or music you are going to need. I also talk the kids through how being on stage will work (where they enter from, curtain opening, curtain closing, etc.)
I will also go over anything they may need to work on. Enunciating, projecting, facing forward or just practicing.
Second Looks: This is where we get to see where they are at. We definitely want to see a more polished act on this date. But don’t worry it doesn’t have to be perfect yet. More tips and reminders about what we’ll need on the performance (props, mats, music.)
Technical Rehearsal: This is mostly for the Adult parent helpers. (Wanna help out? Great, email me!) We run through the blocking of the show for our backstage and sound engineer. The kids won’t actually do their number on this night. We’ll all be in the MPR and this helps the crew get an idea of cues and what we need to do for the acts. Once your kids have done their walkthrough they are free to go. This typically takes 1 - 1 1/2 hours.
Dress Rehearsal: This is it. We’re getting close! We will do a couple of things beforehand. Typically we walk through an opening number - nothing complicated just another chance for them to be on stage in a fun musical opening.
Then we run through the whole show. You are more than welcome to watch and take pictures during the dress rehearsal. 1-2 hours
Variety Show: SHOWTIME! We ask everyone to be at school by 6:40 pm. Kids will go to the music room (our green room.) Then parents can grab their seats.
What happens during the show?
Your students will either be in the first act or the second for their performance.
All students will perform in the opening number. After the opening number, students in the second act will go to sit in the audience and watch the show. After the opening number students in the first act will go directly to the green room (music room). The parent helper will line them up in order a few at a time. A runner or Jennifer will come to get them when it’s there time to go backstage. After they perform they are welcome to go sit in the audience and watch the remainder of the show.
There is a short Intermission. During this time, all kids in the second act should go to the Green Room. Again a parent helper will line them up a few at a time, I will come to get them when it’s their turn and when they are done performing they can rejoin the audience.
Remember, having your child participate is a great opportunity for them to collaborate on something meaningful to them. Preparing and coming to the rehearsals teaches responsibility and reinforces confidence. The most amazing part of the process is watching them from start to finish and how much they grow! Some acts start off quite shaky but by the end get together and truly shine!
Each act is responsible for bringing/coordinating special props with the Director. Microphones, mats, desks, and chairs that the school has will be coordinated with Jennifer and crew.
Each act is responsible for getting their music selection to Jennifer or Jeremy Mai (our sound engineer) in MP3 form by April 14th. The easiest way is to download it from Apple and then send the MP3. Spotify doesn’t allow you to download the track and then email the MP3. You can only play it through Spotify on your device. We make a CD of all the songs that will be used, in order, cut to the appropriate length for each song. IF you are singing a song, I highly recommend using a karaoke version with no vocals. You can find a lot of songs at karaoke-version.com. Download the MP3 to your device and email it to me or Jeremy.
My kid doesn’t’ want to be onstage. How else can they be involved?
Program Design: Each year we ask students of any age to submit artwork for the program cover. This year’s theme is 20/20 Perfect Vision! Email artwork to Jen or submit in the office.
Curtain Puller: Responsible 6th graders can apply to help out backstage by pulling the curtain during the show.
Production Assistant: Responsible 6th graders can work backstage during the show. This person will assist the Director by wrangling the cast during the show - escorting acts from the green room to their backstage spot.
Handing out Programs: 5th or 6th graders can hand out programs at the door before the show.
MCs: 6th graders may apply to be the Hosts of the Show! Depending on the number of students interested we will divide the show accordingly. Students may be the MC in addition to being in the show.
Parent Volunteers: I will need some awesome parent volunteers to make this show a success for the kids.
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