More than 100 Gahanna Lincoln High School students will share their talents in the 42nd annual Varsity Varieties at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 14, through Saturday, March 16, in the high school auditorium, 140 S. Hamilton Road.
"What I like about Varsity Varieties is that there is always a little something for everyone, and this year is no different," said Cindi Macioce, co-director. "We are able to highlight some of the best talent from GLHS and put it in front of our community."
She said she likes the immediate audience and performer connections, which can only be made with live theater.
"We have some classic songs being sung, spoken-word pieces, as well as some beautiful contemporary dances and high-energy musical theater numbers," Macioce said. "I love the comedy sketches."
Senior Nathaniel Asamoah said he will perform instrumental pieces on drums and marimba and appear in multiple skits, including some he wrote himself.
"My favorite act is a skit entitled 'Star Wars,' " he said. "In the skit, a couple invites another couple for dinner, but things get shaken up when two people at the table argue over the little details and nerd out over 'Star Wars.' "
Asamoah said they settle the battle with a lightsaber duel.
"The tradition of Varsity Varieties has been going for 42 years, and kids and adults love to come see the greatest talent at Gahanna Lincoln High School," he said. "To the school, it showcases people and artists (who) may not have another avenue to express themselves and present their gifts to the community. People go to laugh and be entertained."
He said the tradition makes him feel part of a legacy when he performs.
"It feels great to know that people have come before you and people will come after you," Asamoah said. "You are helping to build upon the reputation and you just feel proud to be a part of all of it. I've been a part of this for the past couple years and (what) keeps bringing me back are the friends I make and the opportunity to get on stage and make people laugh."
Senior Charlie Brazwell said his favorite act this year is "In the Bedroom," a skit written by Asamoah.
"I play a lawyer who represents a wife who thinks she deserves the right side of the bed. It is so funny and well-written," he said.
Because theater is such a huge part of Gahanna Lincoln High School, Brazwell said, Varsity Varieties brings all students together who want to showcase their talents and have fun.
"A lot of students are too shy to audition for the bigger shows, but Varsity Varieties gives them equal opportunities to perform on stage and learn something new," he added. "To me, Varsity Varieties isn't just a simple talent show, it's a production that has something interesting for everyone."
Having gone to a school in a different district before Gahanna, Brazwell said, it stands out why Varsity Varieties is so unique.
"I hope this tradition stays forever," he said.
The first act of the show features 21 performances, while the second has 20.
In addition to Macioce, the show is co-directed by Tom Gregory and Chris Wagner.
Tickets cost $10 at the door.