May 25, 2024

WCA Secondary School’s variety show is a new avenue for students to explore the arts

Lovers’ Tree practices for their performance. Grace Hauglie on vocals, Trevin Nessman on bass guitar, Mia Nelson on electric guitar and backup vocals, Gracie Puchalski on percussion and backup vocals.

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Jake Sias
Grant County Herald

West Central Area Secondary School (WCA) is set to introduce a variety show to its roster of March Madness week activities. Scheduled for March 8, the event will offer tickets at $5 per person, with all proceeds going to support the WCA Music Boosters.

Organized by Erika Borden, the variety show marks a shift towards including more arts-focused events during a week traditionally dominated by sports. This initiative comes as part of the school’s efforts to diversify the activities offered during March Madness week. The inclusion of the variety show also coincides with the development of WCA’s relatively new theater program.

A total of 51 students have registered to participate, presenting a lineup of 17 acts. These performances will cover a wide range of talents, including skits, comedy routines, solo musical pieces, and a group performance by Lovers’ Tree, a band comprising 10th and 11th-grade students.

The introduction of the variety show as a new endeavor for the school has reportedly taken Borden by surprise, especially given the high level of interest and participation from the students. This enthusiasm reflects a growing interest in the arts among the student body and represents a 

broadening of the March Madness week’s traditional focus.“I have theater kids involved, but I also have kids who are not theater kids, trying to get them to open up to do other things. It’s fun to see those kids being willing to do that,” Borden shared, highlighting the inclusive nature of the event. She further emphasized the variety show’s role in encouraging students to explore their artistic talents, stating, “The variety show is another step to open it up to different personalities and showing them that they can be involved in art and have a great time.”

Funds raised from the event will be channeled to the WCA Music Boosters, which supports the school’s music programs in various ways. From purchasing robes for the choir and uniforms for the marching band to funding matching shirts for an upcoming tour trip to Chicago, the Boosters play a crucial role in the success of WCA’s music initiatives.

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