A talented collaboration of singers, dancers and instrumentalists “got trendy” during the 23rd annual Variety Show in Benjamin Hall on January 19. This year’s theme, “#TBSgetstrendy,” included acts highlighting social media trends, like #throwbackthursday and #sundayfunday.
A talented cast of Benjamin students, faculty, staff and parents treated matinee and evening audiences to a broad and exciting range of performances. Music selections ranged from Tracy Chapman, to Dolly Parton, and The Black Eyed Peas.
Artistic Director Sara Salivar coordinated performances by the Upper School Drama Club, Dazzlers Dance Team, Glee Club, TV Production Class, Middle School Sparklers and Middle School Musical Theatre Chorus.
Salivar said this year's show was the product of great enthusiasm from students, parents, faculty and the Variety Show Committee. Salivar said the idea for the show's theme came from seeing the integration of technology and social media into daily life at the Upper School.
"I wanted a theme that would really engage and entertain the students and the audience. Director of Multimedia Productions Ken Archer helped find and/or create the videos for our commercial breaks. Drama Teacher Tom Bazar helped organize the skits with drama club members. All of this came together once I designed the show to revolve around the days of the week and social media. It took five months to put the show together with weekly rehearsals for every act. It was quite the undertaking, but fun and exciting to watch it all come together. And of course . . . there is always the "magic of theatre", which is the technical aspect and we couldn't have done it without Chris Bell, and his hard-working crew, working long hours," said Salivar.
The Variety Show Committee, Chaired by Lisa Calberg, spent months planning and executing the event. Upper School Science Teacher Amanda Pierman, who served on the committee, coordinated interactive pieces of fine art for the show. The display in Benjamin Hall lobby featured installations from all three divisions.
“As the theme was TBS gets trendy it seemed only appropriate to make the artwork interactive! We had the art teachers and some of the AP students take pictures and videos of the art pieces that were on display. They were able to show the pieces as they developed and explained thought processes behind their art. The whole interactive piece made the art have an additional dimension of enjoyment,” said Pierman.
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