Talent search is on for Upsala Community Variety Show VII in February

A talent search for the “finest and most fun” from the Upsala area is now under way to fill the program for the Upsala Community Variety Show VII set for Sunday, Feb. 28. A wide variety of acts are being sought, including musical numbers, skits, stunts, lip syncs and dances.

Four prizes will be awarded: $100 for “Best of Show,” $75 for second place, $50 for third, and $25 for fourth. An audience vote will determine the winners.

Limited to five minutes each, all performances must be in good taste and be appropriate for the entire family. Both comedy and serious entries by area residents of all ages are welcome. Applications are subject to audition to control quality and show length. All program decisions will be made by the Variety Show Program Committee. Signup deadline is Monday, Feb. 8.

The Community Variety Show VII is a fundraiser for the Upsala High School band to help cover costs of its spring trip to New York. Two identical performances will be presented in the Upsala High School auditorium at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. Participants need to be available for both performances as well as a dress rehearsal Saturday, Feb. 27, at 6:30 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase from band students beginning the second week of February.

Upsala’s first Community Variety Show, sponsored by the Up Team, was held in February 2003 with great success and enjoyment. “Elvis” and his Upsalaires captured first place in a memorable Variety Show II in 2006. A pillow dance team won the 2008 “Best of Show” and in 2010, the “The Beached Boys” surfed their way to the honor.

The 2012 winners, a group of Upsala High School friends, called themselves “The No Name Band,” and won the crowd over with a fun collection of love songs. In 2014, the singing of a pair of Johnny Cash’s most popular tunes, the “The Out of Towners Band” was the overwhelming crowd favorite in winning “Best of Show” with “Folsom Prison Blues,” as sung by junior Aidan Guthrie (guitar). Rounding out the band were Paul Jensen (guitar), junior Paul Ripplinger (drums), Josh Knudtson (banjo/vocal), Glory Knudtson (bass fiddle), Denise Cheney (trumpet) and senior Kaelin Smieja (trumpet).

Applications for the Community Variety Show VII can be obtained at the Upsala Area School offices or by contacting Denise Cheney by email at [email protected]