Get out your sunscreen. Lakeridge Company is inviting you to spend a sunny day at the beach during this year’s Variety Show, borrowing the theme from a Beach Boy hit, “Good Vibrations.” Besides casting a little sunshine in your day, here are a few other reasons you won’t want to miss this event.
●It’s called a variety show for a reason. The group numbers will run the gamut from Sly and the Family Stone’s “Dance to the Music” to James Taylor’s “That Lonesome Road,” not to mention the Beach Boys’ “Good Vibrations
●Crowd favorites are always a highlight. This year promises the same with the boys’ rendition of the “Soul Man” as they channel Jim Belushi and Dan Aykroyd in the choreography expected to get the audience clapping.
●This is a team effort. While you’ll see the 28 students in Company on stage, there are around 15 in the stage band and close to a dozen in the tech crew who are just as important to how smoothly the show runs. Add in a couple hired professionals to help with sound and set construction and reams of parents who manage everything from costumes and publicity to concessions, tickets, and delivering well-wishes to the performers backstage from their fans in the audience.
●This much commitment deserves your attention. When our daughter was in Company, her days were filled with rehearsals and costume arranging leading up to the show. And this is on top of an already challenging schedule for most Junior and Senior high school students at Lakeridge. Many of the performers are also involved in baseball, lacrosse, track, MUN, Mock Trial, or dance team so are sometimes shuttling from one commitment to the next after school. But you can ask my daughter to this day and she’ll attest that once the curtain goes up, it’s all worth it.
Performances are at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 21 through Saturday, April 23 with a 2:00 p.m. matinee on Saturday as well. Ticket prices are $12/Adults; $8/Students,Seniors, Children, and available online or at the door. 1235 Overlook Drive. 503.534.2319.