Showcase Highlights End of Season for Theater Program

Twenty one acts perform for the sixth annual showcase


Alix Queen

Juniors (left to right) Aicha Beye, Madeline Claravall, and Anna Simms reflect back on the previous act.

Rylee Shipes, Reporter

On Friday, May 19, the annual theater showcase took place for the sixth time in Liberty history. Teacher Ms. Gehrke started this tradition when she first arrived at Liberty to let students showcase their abilities to wrap up the year. 

There were 21 acts of singing and dancing performed by the students in the theater department as well as funny introductions before each act by the theater’s executive board. The acts started with a tap dancing duet with senior Elaine Thimyan and junior A. Theodore to a song called “Willkommen” from the musical “Cabaret.”

“We decided to put a tap routine in the dance break when neither of us have taken tap, I choreographed it the best I could and it just shows how laid back and fun showcase is,” Thimyan said.

However, dance duets aren’t the only things performed. Sophomore Marissa Varga performed a solo to “The Ballad of Jane Doe” from “Ride the Cyclone: The Musical.”

I picked ‘The Ballad of Jane Doe,’ not only because I love the musical it comes from, but because of how pretty the song is, and how well it showcases my range,” exclaimed Varga.

Another honorable mention from the night was the group number performed by seniors Morgan Feinstein, Logan Honerkamp, Anna Wright, Shane Wolz, Elaine Thimyan, Payton Busselman, and Cade Goins. They danced and sang to “So Long, Farewell” from the show “The Sound of Music.”

One of us just spit it out one day cuz it’s usually a thing where a group of people does one big number, and we just figured why not doing a send off for ourselves, this program means everything to the seniors that did it and we knew we had to give an official and proper goodbye,” expressed Thimyan.

Overall, this was an amazing group of performances, and incredibly entertaining. 

It is so bittersweet to see the seniors perform for the last time. I love that showcase is the last performance, though, because they get to choose songs that they love and that they want to perform for one last time,” exclaimed Gehrke.