Homecoming 2017: Variety Show Recap
by Alaister McFarren
As Grace College Homecoming 2017 comes to an end, we were able to wrap up a week of parades, Beanie Bowl games and a skate night with a banquet and Disney-themed variety show. The variety show, hosted by Josiah Sibert in the guise of the Mad Hatter, was a diverse group of talents gathered to perform before the unveiling of this year’s Homecoming King and Queen. Various Disney characters to introduce both the Homecoming Court and the night’s variety acts.
To kick off the show, Elizabeth Brown sang a cover of Adele’s “When We Were Young”, followed by Ryan Cameron and Andrew Bryan, in the guise of Carl and Russell from “Up,” introducing Marcus Navarro and Michael Hsu of the Homecoming Court.
Up next was Ben Miles, who dedicated the song “I Like To Be With Me When I’m With You” to his fiancée, Asia Weimer. Subsequently, the Mad Hatter returned to introduce Blaze Bowers and Rachel Gregory of the Homecoming Court, who in turn presented Levi Stout for his performance. Stout performed a medley of Pocahontas’ “Colors of the Wind” and the titular “Beauty and the Beast.”
Immediately following Stout was the trio of Kierstyn Worthem, Elizabeth Mattia and Ellie Price (as Pocahontas, Elsa and Belle, respectively) in a canoe to present court members Chloe Mann and Emma Neahusan, who consequently introduced Sammi Roller singing “Finding Wonderland.”
Immediately following her performance, Spencer Roberts and Matthew Weaver crashed the scene as Wreck-It Ralph and his chipper compatriot Fix-It Felix. After much carnage and repair-work, the duo introduced court members Marc Baldwin and Madison Cowman, followed by Alisa Venman performing Coldplay’s “The Scientist,” and Michael Hsu performing a remix of “Seven Years” by Lukas Graham.
Succeeding the two, Caleb Dudeck, as Hercules, brought in Levi Stout, Bethany Ryan, Jesse Harmeyer and Camryn Elizabeth, who performed a rousing hula-hoop routine to Mulan’s “I’ll Make a Man Out of You.”
After their performance, Kearstin Criswell and Brent Mencarelli, playing Mrs. Potts and Chip from Beauty and the Beast, announced our 2017 Homecoming King and Queen: Marc Baldwin and Rachel Gregory. Immediately following the coronation, the quartet of Audrey Schroeder, Lydia Gard, Noah Hicks and The Sounding Board’s own Hannah England sang “Days in the Sun” from “Beauty and the Beast.”
To close out the show, Elizabeth Mattia and Nick Choate performed a lively lip-sync medley of “What I’ve Been Looking For” and “Bop to the Top” from “High School Musical.”