Fort Frye variety show

Students grades seven through 12 will be singing, acting and joking Friday night in the Fort Frye High School auditorium during the school’s annual variety show.

The show will feature 23 acts ranging from solos, duets, musicians, comedy acts and much more, according to Teresa Collins, guidance counselor and student council advisor at Fort Frye High School.

“There is a show in the afternoon for the student body and one in the evening for the public,” she said. “There are several acts that will only be done during the afternoon and several that will be only in the evening.”

The evening show will begin at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $4 for students and $5 for adults with all of the proceeds going to student council.

“This is really student council’s only fundraiser of the year,” said Collins. “We use the money we raise here to do other projects year round.”

This is Collins first year directly involved with the variety show, but she said it has always been extremely popular with the students and the community.

“It’s one of the more popular things we do during the year,” she said. “We usually pack the auditorium for the evening show.”

The show was open to students grades seven through 12 as long as they were one of the acts chosen by the student council talent panel.

“Students came up with their own act and auditioned them in late February,” said Collins. “We had so many acts audition that we actually had to cut a few of them.”

There will also be a special performance by the teachers and drama department for the students during the afternoon, she said.

One act will feature a student who graduated that was a regular during the variety show in years past.

“He will be playing guitar for a seventh grader who will be singing for the show,” Collins said.

For senior Hannah Willey, 17, this is the third and final variety show that she will be involved with.

Willey is the student body president and is charged with the task of making sure the show goes as planned.

“I’ll be making sure things go smoothly with the preparations on stage and aiding in the communication between the lights and backstage,” she said. “I’ll also be performing in several acts during the show.”

She will be singing in a duet, participating in a “hand slap” rhythm act and performing in a drama skit.

“There are a few of us that are doing three or four acts,” she said. “I think we are participating in so many because we don’t want this to be our last show.”

Willey said the variety show means a great deal to both the students performing and those in the audience.

“It’s a fun way for students to get involved with the high school experience while showcasing their talents,” she said. “For parents and audience members it’s good entertainment and a chance to see kids on stage doing what they love.”