SHS Variety Show Delivers an Evening of Delight

Myles Hudkins, Scribe Reporter

The annual SHS Variety Show, Saxons Storm the Stage, provided an evening of  singing, dancing, and comedy. Directed by Mrs. Micheletto, Mr. Inendino, Mr. Graffio, and Mr. Palazzolo, the evening simply dazzled.

The evening opened with a duet by Chris Mininni and Emily Rose singing “Anything You Can Do” by Ethel Merman.

Daniel Evaristo and Sophia Safakas followed with a wonderful take on  “Prom Dress” by mxmtoon. While Evaristo started the song by signing and playing the guitar background, Safakas joined in adding depth to the performance. 

Emcees Michael Kier, Kallia Memtsas, and Arion Peralta unified the show and introduced performers with humor, as they transitioned seamless from act to act.

The tone of the evening shifted with Rachel Vega unleashing her electric guitar rendition of  Carlos Santana’s “Flor d’Luna” with the acoustics help of Anika Bharadwaj, Peter Eisenmenger, and Simeon Nede.

A vocal duet by Rithwik Cheikycharla and Hira Syed, wowed the audience with their wonderful version of “Like I’m Going To Lose You” by Meghan Trainor and John Legend.

The BAJA Sax Quartet (Andrew Fitch, Josephine Mascarenhas, Brandon Padillo, and Andrew Shadel) performing “November Spring” by Andre Cimiotti amazed the audience with a variety of solos, and Melanie Medina, performing “My View of Reality” displayed displayed her piano skill and vocal range.

After Medina finished her amazing piano skills, the audience was treated to the colors and rhythm of The Desi Girls (Pranjal Jayswal, Drashti Patel, Hani Patel, and Aishani Waghmare)  performing  “A Bollywood Medley.” The crowd watched intently as the beat dropped into a different song, and the Desi Girls start performing a pop dance. The crowd went crazy.

Act one concluded with powerful numbers by Ava Ramirez singing “Lay Me Down” by Sam Smith, Danielle Trachalal performing a Saxon color guard routine and the Saxon Marching band performing “Raptor,” by John R. Hearnes.

The second act saw the SHS Jazz Ensemble hype the crowed with “Livin’ Larger Than Life” by Alan Baylock followed by vocals by Paige Gradowski preforming a song from Beauty and the Beast titled “A Change In Me.”

The crowd went crazy with laughter from the comedy of Christian Haywood and Patrick Schmitz.

Vocal and Guitar performances by Owen Adamitis, covering “Elderly Woman Behind The Counter In A Small Town,” and Chris Mininni, presenting “Santa Fe” from a musical named Newsies, wowed the audience.

Aylana Springfield took the stage and brought the house to its feet with a powerful rendition of “Saving All My Love for You” by Whitney Houston.

The evening commenced as the SHS choraliers  performed  “Seasons of Love” from RENT. Overall, the SHS variety show showcased powerful emotions, positive energy, and proved once again that  “Schaumburg’s Got Talent.”

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