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Varsity Varieties lets students showcase their talents

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Gahanna Lincoln High School students will showcase their talents, from various dance styles to vocal performances, during the 36th annual Varsity Varieties at 7:30 p.m. March 6-8 in the auditorium, 140 S. Hamilton Road.

This year features more than 120 students working both on stage and behind the scenes.

"Varsity Varieties is our largest all-school show," said Cindi Macioce, who co-directs the talent show with Thomas Gregory and Lyle Linerode. "We have some extremely talented a cappella singing groups, strong and expressive dancers, a demonstration of yo-yo talent, and we even have a martial-arts performance called 'Kicking and Screaming,' " she said.

One of the dancers has choreographed a piece that symbolizes the human-trafficking problem, she said.

"The comedy skits include everything from hypochondriacs to Disney princesses," Macioce said. "The show closes with an award-winning group tap number."

Adam King is one of the nine senior masters of ceremonies.

"It's a lot of fun but stressful," he said. "This is my fourth year doing it. I'm in four skits this year. It's fun to write them and see them come to life."

King said students individually write skits, and then they collaborate to make them better.

King said a number called Walls, an original song performed by senior Daniel Ely, is especially good.

A skit titled Mating Season is also great for a laugh, he said.

Junior Hana Chandoul said she's a little nervous because it's her first time in the talent show.

"I've never been in a production here, and I'm in front of those who have been in it before," she said. "It feels great we made it into the show."

She will sing I See Fire with junior Joanna Dooley. They will be accompanied on guitar by junior Tasha Williams.

Audiences also will see to skits titled Gahanna's Got Talent and Speed Dating.

"Varsity Varieties is such a great Gahanna Lincoln High School tradition," Macioce said. "The best part is that this production highlights the talents of some amazing students. This community has always done a great job of supporting the performing-arts programs, and this year, we know, will be no different."

Tickets cost is $10 for general admission, and they may be purchased at the door.

Proceeds from Varsity Varieties help support the speech and debate team and the theater program.

Varsity Varieties began in the early 1970s as a fundraiser for the Varsity "L" Club, which comprises team captains and athletes with three or more varsity letters. The theater department took over management of the event in the late 1980s.