Variety show to benefit St. Charles East fine arts

Published: Friday, Feb. 21, 2014 5:30 a.m. CDT
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St. Charles East High School students Nadia Handler (from left), Mara Handler and Samantha Perez perform at the 2013 P-ARTS Variety Show. This year's show will be Saturday at the Norris Cultural Arts Center in St. Charles.

ST. CHARLES – Several St. Charles East High School students will take the stage Saturday for a good cause.

A total of 15 students are scheduled to perform at the 11th Annual P-ARTS Variety Show. The event will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles.

The show will include a magic act, various dancers and singers, including Mary Alice Roach performing an original song she wrote called “Maybe Sunday,” said event chairperson Christina Martens.

Tickets to the event are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. The proceeds are used for student scholarships and to benefit arts programs at the high school.

P-ARTS, which stands for People for the Arts, is the high school’s arts advocacy and booster club.

The funds raised will be a great help to students who want more experience in the field, said Ron Koeppl, P-ARTS co-founder and retired St. Charles East drama director.

“Parents are strapped with the cost of schooling,” Koeppl said. “It’s just one more way to give back to people who have worked in fine arts.”

Even Martens’ daughter, Rachel, has benefited from the program.

She applied for and received a scholarship last year to go to a camp at River North Dance in Chicago.

A handful of previous variety show performers have come back this year, including junior Allison Griffiths. She’ll play piano and sing Taylor Swift’s “Back to December.”

“I really enjoy getting to be with everyone backstage and just spending time with them,” Grittiths said of her fellow performers. “Performing has always been a love of mine.”

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The 11th Annual P-ARTS Variety Show will be at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Norris Cultural Arts Center, 1040 Dunham Road, St. Charles. Tickets at the door are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors. Raffle tickets to win restaurant gift cards will be available for $1 each.