Lakeridge's Company to perform variety show with Elvis motto as theme

Lakeridge choir director Bill Campbell and Company, the school's elite performance ensemble, adopted Elvis Presley's motto,'Takin' Care of Business,' as their own this year, as a way to focus exclusively on Company 'business' during rehearsals. The heightened focus will be evident when the annual variety show opens Friday evening. From vocals to dancing, costumes and accompaniment, this group of 32 teens is ready to take care of the business of entertaining audiences.

''Taking care of business' was Elvis Presley's motto and the name of his band,' Campbell said. 'When we were selecting a theme for the variety show this year, Taking Care of Business just rose to the surface as an ideal theme. This isn't an Elvis show, but we've borrowed some elements, like a modified Elvis logo, and there is one Elvis song in the show.'

Audiences can expect a 'real variety show,' according to senior Chris Oerlich. He and fellow senior Jordan Haas believe audiences will particularly enjoy a mash-up of Blink 182 songs, as well as 'Let's Get It On' and 'Shake Your Groove Thing.'

'These are all great contemporary songs, some from the '90s,' said Oerlich. The performance includes other notables such as 'Knock on Wood' and 'Coffee Break' from the Broadway musical 'How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying,' 'Last Kiss' by Pearl Jam and 'Going to California.'

'Many of the songs the kids have arranged by themselves,' said Campbell. One of the songs is by Weezer, a favorite group of vice principal Jason Wold. Campbell hinted that there may be a special appearance planned for that song one night during the run.

The show opens Friday night and continues Saturday, April 27 and 28, at 7:30 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee planned for this Sunday. Tickets can be purchased from the school bookkeeper for $12 for adults and $10 for students. Tickets at the door cost $15.

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