PELHAM — Students and faculty at Pelham High School had the audience eating out of their hand at the school’s third annual Variety Show, presented by the Drama Club.
Seniors Scott Cloutier and Maryna Demetri stood in the wings for the Jan. 31 performance, serving as the directors of the show.
“I’m not into sports.” Cloutier said. “Acting is my rush; directing is my rush. I really enjoy leading the kids in their performances.”
Demetri normally performs in the shows, but wanted to try her hand at directing this time around. “I’m usually an actor, but I wanted to try something new to see if I would like it,” Demetri said. “I really enjoy it, but I will be performing in the spring show.”
With the scenes all set, the only thing left were the performances on stage.
From music, singing and dancing to skits and stand-up comedy, the kids and faculty performed for more than two hours.
Alex DelGreco performed “The Bomb” from Stanley Kubrick’s black-comedy tale of nuclear war’s insanity, Dr. Strangelove. “I was a little surprised more people didn’t recognize it,” DelGreco said. “It’s a classic.”
Special-education teachers Amy Ivas and Daniel Kilgour belted out a rendition of “Who Says You Can’t go Home,” by Bon Jovi and Jennifer Nettles. The audience really seemed to get a kick out of watching the treachers perform.
Student Colin Barry had the crowd laughing as he performed his original Pablo Francisco comedy routine. “I felt like I wasted two years of my life watching Animal Planet’s search for the giant squid,” Barry said. “They never did find one.” Along with jokes, he also impersonated Al Pacino and Arnold Schwarzenegger.
Before intermission, art teacher Casey Locke took the stage with fellow musician DJ O’Connor. “We’re much more gangster than we look,” Locke said as he and O’Connor were hunched over the microphones with their acoustic guitars. “This really looks weird.”
As Locke and O’Connor played “Hey Ya!” by Outkast, the students in the audience sat silent until they both dropped their guitars, stood and provided their versions of “Beatbox” and “Victory” by Notorious B.I.G.
“Mr. Locke is loved by all the students and not just the girls,” Cloutier said. “I think it’s the age thing because he’s so close to our age and of course he’s the art teacher.”
Emcee Scott Connaster and Dave Pereira kept the audience laughing in between acts with their improvised little skits; they also led the audience to intermission with one last joke.
“You think cookies and milk tastes good, wait till you hear what we have — Cookies and water,” Pereira said with hesitation.
After intermission the kids and faculty wowed the crowd with more performances.
Drama adviser Wendy Dorval felt the night was a success, thanks to the students’ hard work. “I’m a business teacher so I tend to run the Drama Club more like a business,” Dorval said. “We have weekly meetings, and I do all the advertising and marketing for the shows and plays. I leave the actual art to the students and they deserve all the credit.
The club’s next performance will be a murder mystery play, Till Death do us Part, on April 17 and 18.