Gull Lake High School’s variety show, Glitter, will return to the Gull Lake Middle School cafetorium stage on Saturday, March 24. This year will mark the first performance under the new leadership of co-directors, Beth Antías and Ellie Chubb.
Antías said she and Chubb were passed the torch of directorship after Glitter’s 2017 performance was wrapped. Though both already juggle a full time job and raising kids, Antías said she and Chubb were more than willing to “add a fourth ring to the already three-ring circus” of their lives and ensure that the longstanding tradition continued.
“Glitter has been a tradition in our community for about forty years, and traditions like these are worth fighting for,” she said.
According to Antías, all acts this year are musical and feature talented vocalists. Three original songs will be performed as well.
“I think this really speaks to what resonates most with our kids,” Antías said. “The power of music and the desire they have to share performances of your favorite songs.”
Antías said Saturday’s show will also be peppered with comedic skits from three talented student emcees.
“The skits are relevant, clever and downright hilarious — all improvisational,” she said. “Improv is one of the most exciting genres of performing arts, and their ‘bits’ between the musical acts will keep the audience on their toes.”
However, Antías said the show would not be possible without the members of Gull Lake’s Performing Arts Company that volunteered to work tech for the show.
“In our opinion, the tech crew from PAC is one of the most powerful works of art featured at Glitter 2018,” she said. “It’s remarkable what they accomplish behind and between the scenes, so seemingly-effortlessly, in order to support the performers.”
Antías said she looks forward to watching what happens Saturday night once the final piece of the “performing arts puzzle” falls into place–the audience.
“There is nothing like a live show. The give and take that happens between performers and their audience is so exciting,” she said. “No YouTube, roku or Golden Globe winning movie can match it. There’s a reason that some of the beset film actors of our time all clamor to be cast in a Broadway Show for a fraction of the pay they get for their films — they crave a live audience.”
Antías said there are currently no plans to move Glitter back to Comstock auditorium, as profits so far have not allowed them to afford that option. Additionally, she said the Glitter committee felt it was necessary to keep the performance at Gull Lake, even if that meant hosting at the middle school.
Antías also said there will be an information table about the upcoming bond proposal set up for attendees as they enter, during intermission and after the show.
“We had state-winning theatre and music programs back when I was a student at GLHS over 25 years ago, and we continue to today, even without a proper auditorium,” she said. “But we deserved one back in the late 80s, and our kids continue to deserve one now.”
Tickets for Glitter will sold during lunch from Wednesday through Friday of this week, as well as immediately before the show Saturday evening. Students can purchase tickets for $5, and adults may purchase tickets at $8 for pre-sale, and $10 at the door.
The performance on Saturday will begin at 7 p.m., and Antías said the doors will open around a half hour beforehand.
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