Student story: Belleville East has variety show

Belleville East High SchoolMarch 11, 2014 

Belleville East High School students showcased their talents March 6-7 at Belleville East’s Variety Show.

The first place winner was Unseen Skyline; second was Molly Compton; and third was Gabrielle Barton.

The show was organized by Ross Kincaid and Thomas Hickey.

Freddie Rice and Megan Cooper served as masters of ceremony. They mocked the well-known commercials, such as those from State Farm, Old Spice and Progressive.

Many of the acts included singing, and the Belleville East Breakdancing Club did an exhibition performance. The breakdancing performance included popping, breaking and jumpstyle.

Senior Isaiah Skinner said, “We just do it for the fun, and we want to leave our legacy.”

After a breathtaking performance at the Homecoming Finale, the club gained a lot of new members. The Breakdancing Club hopes to continue gaining members and attention.

“We’ve finally made a name for ourselves,” said club advisor Derek O’Chiu.

The activity fee was too high for the club to pay, which is why they became an exhibition act. “We only practiced for two weeks, because we didn’t actually know if we were going to do it,” said sophomore Sean McAuliffe.

One act that showcased the variety in the Variety Show was the Color Guard performance by Adeja Powell and Brianna Thomas-Granger. They performed to the song “What Now” by Rihanna. The routine involved twists, throws, and dancing.

Thomas-Granger said she was not nervous: “I feel that this is going to be great, and we’ve performed in front of larger audiences than this.”

She gained confidence after dress rehearsal when she got to see all of the acts.

“I don’t think we have any competition because we are the variety in the variety show,” said Thomas-Granger.

Many acts performed popular songs in order to impress their peers.

Unseen Skyline, a trio including Megan Triefenbach, Jenny Rea, and Heather Hamilton, performed the catchy song “Best Day of my Life.”

The Ice Pilgrims, including Justin Murray, Freddie Rice, and Danny Jackson, played an Imagine Dragons mash-up. Just before their opening performance, Murray said “I’m not really nervous. I’m just ready to go out and have fun.”

Choosing romantic songs were Amber Carpenter, Jade Hess, and Tatianna Hill. Carpenter sung “All of Me” by John legend; Hill poured her heart out to the song “Stay” by Rihanna; and Hess dedicated the song “Glitter in the Air” by Pink to her love sitting front row in the crowd. Also inspired by Pink was Misrule, including Noah Harrison and Katie Volluz. Harrison played guitar and sang to “Who Knew” as Volluz played piano.

Singing the most obsessed over songs were Gabrielle Barton and Angel Benhoff. Barton belted out Adele’s infamous “Rolling in the Deep” to begin the show and soon after Benhoff performed “The Cup Song” by Anna Kendrick.

“It took me about three days to learn the entire song but I practiced a lot,” said Benhoff. Although she made one mistake in the beginning of the song, Benhoff continued the beat and singing confidently.

Sticking with a country vibe were Madi McGrady, Hart Morgan and Evan Trentman who performed “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright”.

“I think everyone in the show is just really excited,” said Morgan, while waiting backstage.

Fellow country singer, Makayla Eason closed the show singing “Over You” by Miranda Lambert.

Jake Young and Molly Compton both performed their original pieces. Young sang “Complicated,” and Compton sang “All Grown Up.”

Less than half of this year’s performers were seniors, so many of them will reappear in Variety Show 2015.

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