High school variety show to feature talents of more than 200 students

Posted: Mar. 29, 2013 6:59 pm Updated: Apr. 21, 2013 12:15 am

New Faces 2013, "A Light In The Dark," will be staged in the Quincy High School Theatre at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 2 p.m. Sunday.

Started in 1955 by band director Dan Perrino, the 58th edition of this annual variety show will feature the talents of more than 200 Quincy High students. The jazz bands and show choirs will anchor the production that includes individual singers, dancers and comedy acts complementing the two-act presentation.

The jazz bands, under the direction of Matthew Gabriel, will open the show with selections including "Moten Swing," "Polar Ice" and "Secret Love," which features the trombone section. The show choir, Electric Blue, directed by Kathleen Dooley and Paul Shelor, will begin the second act with "A Beautiful Day" by U2 and selections from the Broadway musical "Next To Normal."

Rock bands, combos and ska bands will perform individual acts and the contemporary string ensemble "Wired" will return to the stage by popular demand. A tae kwon do exhibition will add a new twist to the production, and Sierra Schnack and Matthew Frankenhoff will perform a marimba duet. Dance ensembles will include Heinze Dance Academy, Q Dance and the Kaiser Dance Theatre. Original compositions will be performed by the rock band "Somewhere In Between" and Eric Price. Additional comedy acts, instrumentalists and vocal groups will provide a variety of entertainment for audiences of all ages.

Technical direction is provided by Tom Burnett, Meghan Buckley and Bronson Bybee. Reserved seats are available by calling the music department at (217) 224-3774.