SHS Fashion Show promises hilarity, dresses through the ages

SHS Fashion Show promises hilarity, dresses through the ages

Senior class president Abbie Theroux and student body president Joseph Catarina worked tirelessly over the past weeks to prepare “the Smitty Awards,” the Grammy Award themed 52nd Annual SHS Fashion Show. (Breeze photo by Jacquelyn Moorehead)

SMITHFIELD – Styled after the Grammy Awards, the 52nd annual Smithfield High School Fashion Show pledges to bring the laughs and elegant fashion trends expected of the annual tradition.

Dubbed “the Smitty Awards,” this year’s fashion show features a talented cast of seniors at SHS. The performance is set for this Friday, Dec. 7, starting at 7 p.m. in the SHS auditorium. The audience will be treated to Saturday Night Live-style sketches, dances, songs and social commentary.

Part variety show and part fashion show, the SHS seniors are busy working on a program featuring satirical political sketches and “commercials.” It is the single largest fundraiser for the senior class.

Class President Abbie Theroux said this year’s feature “Presidential Debate,” with students performing as President Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton, showcases an example of the hilarity the variety show is known to bring.

“It’s a parody of our lives and country in general,” she said.

Theroux said the show brings in more than 800 guests each year, raising around $15,000 for the class. Funds raised from the night will help the class pay for senior prom, and the senior gift to the high school.

Founded in 1986, the show began as a way for students to feature the culture and styles of the era, but evolved over time into a variety show of comedic sketches.

Fashion continues during the first half of the show, and this year it is expanded from the usual 10 or 12 couples to around 40 models.

“This year, we decided to allow all the models who were interested in walking in the show,” Theroux said.

Organizers reached out to past models to find vintage dresses to make this year a “fashion show through the ages,” according to Theroux. She said more than 46 dresses were loaned for the show.

Theroux said the cast and technical support members have worked long hours over the past two weeks preparing for the show. She said in spite of the rushed efforts due to upgrades happening in the auditorium, the senior class is making connections and memories that will last beyond their final year.

“We’ve all become so close putting this together. We’re like family,” she said.

Theroux said the audience is invited to become part of the family, and will help choose the night’s winners through a measure of applause.

Tickets are available for $15 in advance, and a limited number are available at the door for $20.