“Bemiss’ Geniuses” delight at annual Variety Show
Huckleberry Hill School has got show business down to a science. On Sunday at the middle school, Huckleberry students performed their annual Variety Show – sponsored by the Parent Teacher Organization. This year’s theme was “Experiments in Entertainment.”
Every year kids are encouraged to think of an act and audition – whether it be song, dance, poetry or gymnastics – and perform it as part of the show. During this year’s show, kids performed a broad array of acts, including magic tricks, dance routines, skits and even musical performances.
Wearing t-shirts emblazoned with the slogan “Bemiss’ Geniuses” (referring to Principal Brian Bemiss) in addition to Einstein wigs and wacky hats, students performed an opening skit demonstrating their “experiments” in cooking up entertainment. Others performed choreographed dance routines to popular songs, such as Justin Timberlake’s “Can’t Stop the Feeling” and Fitz and the Tantrums’ “Hand Clap.” One group titled the “Brady Bunch” showed off their jump roping skills while wearing Tom Brady jerseys.
Perhaps the best moment of the show; however, was when kids performed a skit wearing “Fat Heads” (oversized mug shots) of the school’s teachers, creating a bobble-head effect. In total, about 130 kids participated in the show, which was comprised of 35 acts.
“It’s all for fun,” said Rich Sjoberg, school committee member and one of the organizers of the annual event. Sjoberg is in his 8th year organizing the event, alongside co-chair of the show, Lucy Karis.
Sjoberg wanted to especially thank Karis for her hand in making the show happen. “The kids all did a fantastic job,” Karis said. “They all came up with unique, original acts. The kids love it and so do the parents.”
Last Sunday marks the 17th year the Huckleberry School has put on the show. Last year’s theme was about reading and featured Principal Bemiss as a bookworm – the year before that, “Talent in Toyland.” Sjoberg said that he and Karis play a large part in the creative process, but that it couldn’t be done without the extra volunteers. Around 30 volunteer parents also contributed, along with middle schoolers who helped with sound and lighting, and high schoolers who acted as chaperones.
By Melanie Higgins
Local family hosts fundraiser to support Boston Marathon runner
Will help raise money for Nashoba Learning Group
On Saturday, March 4, the Parziale family held a fundraising party at their Lynnfield home for Nicole Mitsakis of Middleton, who will be running the Boston Marathon for Nashoba Learning Group (NLG), a private autism school in Bedford. According to Susan Parziale, this is Nicole’s first marathon. Her fundraising requirement for the charity bib is $10,000, and thanks to so many who turned out on Saturday night, Nicole did very well to reach her goal.
Pictured is Nicole Mitsakis with Jenna Parziale, who attends NLG. (Photo courtesy of Parziale family)