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DGS returns with homecoming variety show

Owen Chaidez
Students wanting to perform in the variety show must make sure to fill out all the required forms and show up to all the practices.

Update: As of Sept. 27, the variety show has been canceled due to a lack of involvement.

Homecoming is approaching fast, and with that means the yearly return of the themed spirit week days and pep rally. This year’s Homecoming theme is based on the hit movie “Barbie”. One of the homecoming traditions here at DGS is the variety show, and all the acts that students get to see.

Keeping up with the new changes, students and staff can expect to see multiple acts from selected students during the assembly on Oct. 20, with a full length variety show occurring on Oct. 19.

English teacher and lead sponsor Nicole Proimos is in charge of putting together the variety show, as well as managing the different groups and acts. Proimos shared how she thinks the theme this year will influence the acts students will share.

“I can see from the audition forms that it already is, because there’s music that’s themed to what’s happening in the movie. I believe someone’s going to play “Barbie Girl” on piano. So I think that people are really embracing that. That theme and running with it this year, which is a lot of fun”, Proimos said.

Proimos gave her thoughts on what she believes students that are auditioning should know.

“Yeah, I think auditions are still open, so anyone who feels like they are nervous or if they feel like they’re not performance ready should still give it a shot because they honestly don’t have to be performance ready until October. We’re just looking to see what people are offering. It always feels very much like there’s a lot of school spirit going on. So I hope that people do come out and watch the show,” Proimos said.

New to the variety show this year is English teacher and co-sponsor Riley Love, who helps manage the show alongside Proimos. As it is her first year helping out, Love offered her own perspective on the event.

“…I always loved it, like even when I was with my kids [who are] September babies and even when I was on maternity leave, I’d come back for the variety show, it’s just like I geeked out about it. So it made sense when that went away, but I was so thrilled that it was coming back so I’m hoping that we get enough interest to generate some good auditions and give it like a variety of talents. I know people are used to being able to do everything on TikTok now and like rerecord it, and it’s a little bit different, you have to make yourself [being] vulnerable in a different way,” Love said.

Students who want to audition for the show must fill out the audition form by Sep. 19, and if they are approved, must go to the audition in the auditorium on Sep. 25. The, the variety show will happen on Oct. 19, and if selected, will perform at the homecoming rally on Oct. 20.

Read updated coverage on this story here.

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