Why the variety show?
The purpose of the Rockbridge Academy Variety Show is to give a larger group of students than would normally be included in a musical an opportunity to participate in a dramatic production and learn about the different steps in the theater process. The variety show is student conceived, run, and written with parent organizational help. Students should generate ideas and watch with wonder as their concepts develop from the audition to the stage. Just as the upper school writing program builds from a science fair project in 7th grade to a senior thesis, the students’ responsibility in the variety show process increases with age. Each act selected for the show has been assigned an advisor to help them prepare for the show. Much like in the thesis process, the advisors expect the group to practice together regularly on their own to prepare for rehearsals with the advisors. It is suggested that each act meet with its advisor several times or as many as are deemed necessary by the advisor.
The creative team for this year’s Variety Show consists of Lysa Lytikainen, Director; Roy Griffith, Producer; Mandy Ball, Music Director; and Kellie Diekemper, Choreographer.
What is my commitment? (All these events are also listed on the Rehearsal Schedule.)
- Weekly rehearsals with all members of your act. Basketball practice takes precedence over variety show rehearsals.
- Combined rehearsals in the Fellowship Hall starting January 30 when the script is complete
- Full cast rehearsals at Historic Baldwin Hall: Monday-Thursday, February 13-16, 3:00-7:00pm
- Full cast rehearsal in the Fellowship Hall: Friday, February 17, 3:00-4:00pm
- Full cast Saturday rehearsals:
- Saturday, February 4 @ Historic Baldwin Hall, 9:00am-3:00pm
- Saturday, February 18 @ TBD, 9:00am-3:00pm
- Tech Week at Bowie Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA):
- Monday-Wednesday, February 20-22, 4:00-10:00pm
- Thursday, February 23, 8:00am-2:00pm
- Friday, February 24, 5:30-10:00pm (Performance)
- Saturday, February 25, 5:00-11:00pm (Performance)
How does the show get to the stage?
Stage 1: Prepare for the audition: led by students and team mom (September-November).
Stage 2: Polish and choreograph acts individually: led by students and team mom (November-January).
Stage 3: Merge all acts into a cohesive show: led by the creative team (January 30-February 23).
How can parents help?
- Help students honor their rehearsal commitments.
- Discuss any rehearsal conflicts with the team mom (November-January) or creative team (January-February) well in advance.
- Help with Star Grams.
- Help with hair and makeup.
- Help in the box office.