LHS performers set to take the stage for 48th annual Variety Show

LHS performers set to take the stage for 48th annual Variety Show

A cast of 104 students from Lincoln High School present the school's 48th annual Variety Show this weekend, Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m., and Sunday at 2 p.m. The show includes comedy, music and dancing that moves seamlessly from scene to scene. (Valley Breeze photos by David Wuerth)

LINCOLN - Though it is inching toward its half-century mark, Lincoln High School's annual Variety Show is still full of new ideas, thanks to student leadership that strives for enthusiasm and perfection.

Squeezing time in between performances at a dress rehearsal this week, Director Nicole Giroux and Assistant Director Jordan Hamilton spoke to The Breeze about how their goal has been to maintain the show's magic in its 48th year with shows this Friday, March 14; Saturday, March 15; and Sunday, March 16.

The seniors recalled their first years as part of the Variety Show - Nicole when she was a freshman and Jordan when he was a sophomore - as they worked on the comedy teams and made 100 new friends.

"It's magical," Nicole said. "It's this giant group of people that become your family. It's indescribable."

They have sought to create the same atmosphere this year with the 104 students in cast and crew as they ready a show full of music, dancing, singing and comedy. Jordan said the key is to bring the same level of enthusiasm as in past years, but, as Nicole added, the surprise factor is important.

And since students really only have a four-year memory of the show in any given year, Jordan pointed out, it's easy to keep it fresh.

Nicole and Jordan are also joined by other student leaders: Derek Mollohan, comedy director; Carl Brasch, assistant comedy director; Courtney Melois, music director; Cameron Smith, assistant music director; Faith Bessette, vocal director; Derek Friedlander, technical director; Erin Stevenin, assistant technical director; Julia Renning, backstage director; Alexandra Mackenzie, assistant backstage director; Cassidy Dekreon, dance director and Girls Chorus Line choreographer; Francesca Carpano, Boys Chorus Line choreographer; Melanie Bigos and Jess Litmanovich, Boys and Girls Chorus Line choreographers; and Sam Martone, hip hop choreographer.

Emcees for the performances are seniors Bennet Allen, Kristin Zheng, Andrew Mollohan and Katelyn Smith.

Also helping to put this show together are the teacher advisers Matt Pavao, Brandon Lahoud and Roy Boudreau. Pavao, an English teacher at the school, has taken over this year for fellow English teacher Jay Schofield, who ran the show for the past nine years.

Last year was Pavao's first time ever seeing the show, and he said he knew he wanted to be a part of it. Though show preparation starts in December, and students commit their entire February break and time after school to rehearsing, Pavao said it has all been worth it.

"It's very rewarding," he said, though added that he and the other teachers are just advisers, and let the students lead themselves. "The kids are really talented. It's fun to just be a part of it."

Director Nicole expressed the same sentiment. As a quiet freshman, she said being part of the Variety Show helped her come out of her shell.

"It strengthened me as a person," she said.

So it comes as a bonus, she and Jordan said, that the show has a reputation for entertainment beyond the borders of Lincoln.

As adviser Boudreau said, Nicole recalled, "Even though this is a high school, it is a class act."

The 48th annual Variety Show will take place in the LHS auditorium, 135 Old River Road, on Friday, March 14, and Saturday, March 15, at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, March 16, at 2 p.m.

Tickets cost $10 each and are available at the door, though directors cautioned the first show may already be sold out. Call the school 401-334-7500 for more information.

Masters of ceremony for the Lincoln High School Variety Show are, from left, Bennett Allen, Andrew Mollohan, Nicole Giroux, Jordan Hamilton, Katelyn Smith, and Kristin Zheng.
Faculty advisers for the Lincoln High School Variety Show are, from left, Matt Pavao, Brandon Lahoud, and Roy Boudreau.
Nicole Giroux, 17, student director, belts out a song in the show.