By Harshvir Kaur, Staff Writer
The Sayreville War Memorial Variety Show of 2017, held in the SWMHS auditorium, included just so much talent and fun! Spectacular and very talented students, this Friday night on February 3rd, mustered courage to perform in front of many of their peers and fellow classmates. Performances included lots of amazing singing and dancing. A few students went all out and performed doing tap dancing, speed painting, a color guard routine, and even with instruments! Not to mention our beloved audience with immense applauding powers cheering our talented souls straight from their hearts. The audience was so out of control that they whipped out their phone flashlights and made the performers feel amazingly powerful. Mr. Craft even said that our audience may just have been the best audience at a Variety Show yet. Our talented student performers included Adam DiBenedetto, Katie Materson, DJ Crocker, Alex Yu, Hamidul Islam, Nicole O’Gorman, Erene Olson, Malick Parrish, Paul Gonzalez, Morgan Cerbone, Chris Brocke, Kelsey Verzbickis, Izabella Pereira, Emily Wright, Stephanie Tuquero, Michele Philip, Monika Richczajad, Madison Diaz, Victoria Populim, Leila Trott, Jair Velez, Mattie Daniels, Faith Manning, Julia Glace, Aya Alassafi, Zoe Iwaniak, Anne Gonzales, Michael Magielnicki, Christina Bellardino, Breanne Bonilla, Katie Martino, Samantha Martino, and Christian Quilon. Below are the names of the performers along with what they performed.
The auditions for this event had occurred about two weeks prior. As Aya Alafassi, a pianist performer, says, “The day of the auditions felt really long since there were so many people trying out and my audition was near the end.” Although unfortunately Sayreville wasn’t able to watch all of our talented students that auditioned get to perform, they still witnessed some of it. On the day of the show, Aya says that she was “excited and scared at the same time” and that 650+ tickets were sold that day while about 700 people in the crowd showed up. In the end, Aya Alassafi exclaims, “It was a fun experience where I got to meet new people that share the same interests as me” and “hearing people cheering made me feel much more comfortable”.
Another performer, Zoe Iwaniak, performed singing, rapping, and dancing with a friend, Anne Gonzales, to the song “Determinate” by Lemonade Mouth in the second act of the show. Zoe says, “Anne and I were extremely nervous for the performance, so we would spend any free time we had to just randomly practice together. However, after spending time with the other performers and seeing them do their acts – they were amazing – I felt so much more comfortable going on up there and singing, rapping, and dancing in front of everyone. As for going up there for the real thing, it was really fun and exhilarating , and I can’t wait to do it again.” Based on the screaming and applauding of the audience, anyone can say Zoe and Anne’s performance was one of the best.
Overall, Variety Show night was an amazing night. Everyone had the chance to enjoy the show including students that do not even attend Sayreville War Memorial High School, such as students who are friends with performers. Lots of family showed up and the audience remained courteous and respectful. The hosts even created a cheerful mood for the audience and the performers by creating jokes and skits pertaining to the incoming act of the next performance. We would like to thank the Class of 2018, class officers, advisors, hosts, and the Stage, Light, & Sound Crew for another exhilarating Variety Show!
More pictures from the SWMHS Variety Show 2017 can be found at www.normandystudio.com