LHS holds 53rd Variety Show this weekend

LHS holds 53rd Variety Show this weekend

Emcee Riley Riendeau, a senior, reacts during an introductory skit featuring the Pink Ladies from the musical “Grease,” from left, seniors Kate Swanson, Samantha Jarry and Mia Greenberg. (Breeze photos by Nicole Dotzenrod)
Show moved to middle school during construction

LINCOLN – Students at Lincoln High School might be without an auditorium this year, but the show must go on.

Despite ongoing construction rendering the high school auditorium unusable, the 53rd Variety Show remains fixed for this weekend and will be held at Lincoln Middle School, 152 Jenckes Hill Road.

If the shows are not sold out, tickets will be sold at the door. They are also available for purchase at the front office of LHS for $10. The auditorium at LMS is a few hundred seats smaller than the LHS auditorium, so the showrunners expected space would be limited.

“We’re not letting that stop us,” said Liza Laprade, a senior who has participated in the talent showcase every year since she was a freshman. “We want this year’s show to be even better than ever before.”

Laprade was named director of this year’s show after serving as co-director of the boy/girl chorus line last year. Four students sought the director position this year, and Laprade said all were strong contenders. “It wasn’t easy competition. When I got the (role) I was surprised, but all of the hard work had paid off.”

Without giving away too much, at risk of ruining one of the show’s many twists and surprises, Laprade said this year’s display will be strong across the board, from singing to dancing to comedy, led by an entertaining group of emcees. Between every act, the emcees perform their own short skits to introduce each performance, which are sure to elicit laughs in their own right.

Performances include an unexpected Alice in Wonderland-themed hip-hop routine, comedy skits spoofing popular television shows and much more.

Laprade said, “The directors every year want what’s best for their ensemble, but this year I have a really good feeling about the directors for everything. They want their ensemble to do their best and be their best.”

Show directors include: backstage director Olivia Sales and assistant backstage director Abby Gill; boys’ chorus line choreographer Ainsley Magliocco; boy/girl chorus line co-choreographers Leah LeClerc and Hannah Schermerhorn; comedy director Jarret Allen and assistant comedy director Dan Crowley; girls’ chorus line choreographer and dance director Sydney Maziarz; hip hop choreographer Avery Potemri; music director Max Caluori and assistant director Nadyne Luchon; and technology director Betsey Reeve and assistant director Kat Hoyle.

This year’s emcees are Reese Hamilton, Dylan Katz, Riley Riendeau and Colleen Farrell.

Faculty advisor Brandon Lahoud said he and his fellow advisor Roy Boudreau were very excited for this year’s Variety Show, especially considering their planning began over a year ago.

“We are very thankful to our Lincoln School Committee, Supt. Lawrence Filippelli, LHS principal Kevin McNamara, LMS principal James Williamson, custodial staff and more for the extra support while we continue a Lincoln community tradition during the high school renovations,” Lahoud said. “The students worked exceptionally hard, understanding the ‘setbacks’ this year to be extra prepared, and we’re so excited for this wonderful show they have created.”

The show premieres at 7 p.m. on Friday, March 22, followed by two shows Saturday, March 23, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and a final performance on Sunday, March 24, at 2 p.m.

Lincoln High School junior Antonio Damoura, as Steve Harvey, hosts a game of “Family Feudal” with junior Nick Gaitanis during a comedy skit rehearsal last week.
Sophomore Madison Danforth sings a group music number alongside Ainsley Magliocco, a senior, during the final run-through of Lincoln High School’s 53rd annual Variety Show.