Hemet High Theater mixes things up

HHS theatre department hosts annual Variety Show

Photos by Corey Evan
Nathan Jendrock performs guitar at the Variety Show.

■ By Corey Evan / Reporter

What’s the best way to get ready for a busy performance season? For the Hemet High School Theatre Department, that would be by putting together song and dance numbers for their “24th” Annual Hemet High Variety Show.
Hundreds of friends and family members came on out to the Ron Murray Performing Arts Complex at Hemet High on Thursday, Sept 13 to see these young thespians just wing it, so to speak. The evening was hosted by Jessica Bruce*, Hannah Jacks* and Marion Cotton*, whose intros for each act almost rivaled the acts themselves. Tonight’s performances included:

Marion Cotton and Valencia Pryor perform a duet.

Eliza Anderson singing “I love play rehearsal” from Be More Chill
Nathan Jendrock, who performed an original, untitled song on his guitar
Ruby Phillips performing “Cancer” by My Chemical Romance
Kelli Murray singing “Burn” from Hamilton
Makayley Holcomb* singing “Mamma Mia!” from Mamma Mia!
Jaslynn Vargas dancing to “Bleed the Same”
Brandon Garza performing “Should’ve known”, an original song
Jacks sang “Taylor the Latte Boy” by Kristin Chenoweth
Cotton joined Valencia Pryor in dancing to “BlackPink”
Skye Morikawa singing “All I want” by Kodaline
Kristiana McKelvey* singing “On my own” from Les Miserables
Sylvia Torres* singing “The winner takes it all” from Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again
Nicole Ann Robinson* singing “She used to be mine” from Waitress
Christian Gomez singing “Fallaste Corazon” by Pedro Infante
James Crawford* performed in drag to “Shut Up and Drive” by Rihanna
Nathaniel Henderson danced to “Uptown Funk” by Bruno Mars to round out the night
At the top of the article, you may have noticed we put the show’s year number in quotation marks; There’s a very good reason for that which Theatre Director Bret Cherland explains…“We’ve been doing these things for as long as I can remember; We just started throwing out numbers! At one point in this there was actually a joke, it was the ‘third’ annual, then it was the ‘10th’ annual, it’s the ‘50th’ annual…We just do it every year, and it’s a lot of fun.”
But there was an ulterior motive for the Variety Show tonight, in the form of fundraising. “It’s worth the money!” Cherland stresses. “It’s a gift card to Stater Bros.; If you purchase a gift card from Hemet High Theatre, you get your normal Stater Bros. money, but we get four percent from Stater Bros.”
In case you missed the Variety Show, you can still get one of those Stater Bros. gift cards from Hemet High Theater. Call the school at 951-765-5150 between 7 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for complete details.
And with most of the cast from the Variety Show taking part in Hemet High’s upcoming rendition of Romeo and Juliet, which Jessica Bruce had no qualms about promoting as debuting on Nov. 1 and running through Nov. 3, the money to make it happen has to come from somewhere.
*Denotes member of Thespian Troupe 4015.

Brandon Garza performs guitar at the Variety Show.

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