One of Pine View’s biggest fundraisers is the Variety Show, and this year it is hosted by the class of 2018 Feb. 5 and 6 at 6:30 p.m. The Torch had the opportunity to talk with the directors of this year’s show to give readers a behind-the-scenes look.
The creative directors are tenth-graders Arooj Khan and Ally Moyer, and the technical directors are tenth-graders Madeline Blythe and Soumya Kona. The directors are in charge of picking a theme that molds the design of the decorations, advertisements and acts. This year, Khan, Moyer, Blythe and Kona came up with the theme titled Luminescence. Moyer came up with the idea while listening to Pink Floyd’s album, “Dark Side of the Moon.” Luminescence will be displayed with brightly colored decorations and lights throughout the auditorium. Blythe said, “We are bringing the lights of Pine View together and showing them off.”
According to the directors, there are many factors that come into play behind the scenes so the show will run smoothly. The directors and their shadows among other things must conduct auditions, hold rehearsals and create decorations. “Rehearsals have been going pretty well. There are always problems with acts but in the last week everyone has been pulling together,” Moyer said. They are confident the show will go well.
The directors also have a set of shadows directors in ninth grade, who will take their places when this year’s show is over. Khan’s shadow is Pablo Gonzales, Moyer’s shadow is William Khabbaz, Blythe’s shadow is Cate Alvaro and Kona’s shadow is Sarah Harding. Harding said, “I first joined the Variety Show because I was interested in working in the tech booth. I’ve always wanted to maybe start a career involving stage production so Variety Show is something I felt would help me flourish.”
The Variety Show is not only a big production for those who put it on, but for the performers as well. Tenth-grader Jessica Cochran, a performer who will sing Saturday night, said, “The process is coming along great, the directors are a great group. I think the show will be a variety of talents, just like the name announces… I think everyone will be pleasantly surprised.” Each night will have different acts, ensuring a unique show. Among these acts include the class acts, a humorous skit or video, that each high-school grade presents.
“The biggest thank you for our class and our sponsors who are helping us with the show,” Blythe said. The Variety Show is the biggest one-time fundraiser each class has, and this year’s proceeds will go to the graduation and Cobalt of class of 2018.
Refreshments will be sold during intermission at both shows, and tickets will be sold for $10 at the door.