Annual variety show offers a chance to pull on some boogie shoes

by: STAFF PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Lakeridge's Company show group and the stage band perform 'Something's Coming/Tonight.'If Lakeridge High School students seem a little giddy this week, “Blame it on the Boogie.”

Students may be a bit pumped up for the school’s variety show today to Saturday, which includes numbers such as “Blame it on the Boogie,” a disco tune the Jackson 5 made famous. The show — “Tonight!” — employs song and dance to capture the moonlit, musical restlessness of an evening out. This year, the school band department rather than pre-recorded sounds will back Lakeridge’s top-tier show ensemble, Bill Campbell and Company.

William Campbell, Lakeridge’s choral director, said the show is “about being in the moment.”

There are 24 numbers with small group pieces and full Company numbers including a combination of “Something’s Coming” and “Tonight” from the iconic “Westside Story” romantic tragedy; Henri Mancini’s samba, “It Had Better Be Tonight”; and an indie pop favorite by Fun, “Some Nights.”by: PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE - Mandy Wade, left, and Megan Mandel perform 'Landslide.'

The “Westside” performance will feature dancing with big arm movements but no snapping or skipping akin to the original choreography, Campbell said. The ensemble will show off their Latin moves for the samba, will execute a few group movements to accompany “Some Nights” and will break out some steps reminiscent of the 1970s in “Blame it on the Boogie.”

“Blame,” the finale, afforded an opportunity for the students to travel back in time.

“We get to wear some pretty groovy costumes — white go-go boots, retro-psychedelic dresses,” said Elizabeth Hartman, a Lakeridge junior.

Costume designer Dawn Bartel said the boys will be donning white polyester pants and hot-pink 1970s dress shirts.

The variety show “is something that the whole school looks forward to,” Bartel said. “It’s completely student led, and they put on a phenomenal show with a lot of energy.”

The set is simple, featuring a nighttime backdrop with street lamps and a city park rather like a scene from “Mary Poppins,” Bartel said.

by: PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE -  From left, Ally Bartlett, Daniel Barber and Alexa Stirek sing 'Call Your Girlfriend/Somebody That I Used to Know.'Lakeridge senior Alexa Stirek said she loves performing and being a part of the Company.

“It’s a lot of hard work and time, but in the end it pays off, and we all bond and get to know each other better,” Stirek said.

The show has evolved but remains true to the tradition the first choir director kicked off at Lakeridge in the 1970s, Campbell said. Much of the credit goes to the students, especially those in the Company, who help make the event happen, he added.

The event draws not only Lakeridge students and their families but also the whole community, Campbell said.

“It’s just a fun time for us to celebrate the vibrancy of Lake Oswego,” he PHOTO: VERN UYETAKE -  Company performs 'Down to the River.'

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