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St. Joseph presents Variety Show

A search for the Holy Grail, Richard Simmons, Michael Jackson music and some U2. That was just a small part of the fun that went on at St. Joseph High School this weekend. The school presented its 34th annual variety show Friday and Saturday.

The show featured students from grades 9 through 12, who acted, sang and danced in the 2-hour show.

“It’s really fun,” said Nick Roach who played in the show’s live band, the Junior Mints. “I’ve had a good time. It was probably one of the most fun experiences I’ve had all year.”

This year makes Sara Burcham’s fourth year being involved in the show. The senior was a part of several dance numbers. Her favorite, though, was a dance to Funky Cold Medina.

“Me and the girls made up the dance by ourselves,” she said. “I wasn’t nervous. I think it’s really fun.”

Freshman Glennie Hopkins got her first chance to be in the show this year. Hopkins said she was nervous at first.

“Once we got going it was easy because we had the older kids to help us.”

While she liked being a part of it, the freshman she also missed being able to watch the show.

“When you’re in it you don’t get to see it as much,” Hopkins said.

Senior Anthony Whaley acted in several skits including the Holy Grail. The skit, which featured Whaley as Sir Lancelot searching through a shoe store and a car dealership for the grail, was based on Monty Python and the Holy Grail.

“That was probably my favorite,” he said. “I watched (the movie) with my older brothers when I was in the second grade.’

Teachers Maria Whaley and John Lutz directed the show.

“(I want people to know) how hard these kids worked and how courageous they are to get out and do this,” Lutz said. “They really amaze me every year. This is a community activity. We want the community to come out and have a good time.’

Whaley agreed.

‘We have had different ideas in the past but this is the one thing where they can take a blank sheet of paper and develop something from nothing,” she said. “I think that is vital and it goes beyond the walls of this school.”