We know there are lots of questions about this unique year of the Variety Show. You’ll find information on how to sign up in the last question!

Who can participate?

  • Students in K-5th Grade are invited to audition and perform
  • Students in 5th Grade may audition to be Emcees
  • Parent volunteers are needed to help execute auditions, rehearsals and the show.
  • All students, staff and families of McKinley may attend the show on March 19 at 3:00 pm.

How is Variety Show 2022 the same as prior years?

  • Students get to showcase a skill or ability to the school community.
  • Our children will make new friends and strengthen old friendships.
  • Students will gain confidence and learn more about the performing arts first-hand.
  • As in years past, students K-5 are invited to perform and 5th graders will be able to audition to become one of the emcees for the show.
  • Students in Primetime and Character Builders are welcome to participate. Parent volunteers will coordinate with staff to bring the students to the JUP for auditions and rehearsals.
  • Students may only participate in one act, either as a solo or group act.
  • This will continue to be a community building experience. We will learn new things and make lasting memories.
  • Everyone is invited to watch the show.
  • Like all Variety Shows at McKinley, this event is produced and directed completely by parent volunteers.

How is Variety Show 2022 different from prior years?

  • In short, this year’s variety show will take a smaller and simpler scale in order to meet the current needs and restrictions that we are facing during the pandemic.
  • This will be the first time that the VS takes place outdoors. The performance will be located in the Joint Use Park (JUP) at McKinley Elementary. The audience will use casual, picnic style seating.
  • We will not charge ticket fees or produce printed programs.
  • Students will have less time to prepare their individual acts before the auditions. We apologize for this, as plans had to be put on hold due to Omicron in January. Rather than cancel the Variety Show for a 3rd year, we have decided to offer this opportunity even though the timeline is short. We understand that we might get less participation this year because of the limited time to prepare. Students are encouraged to come watch their peers if they aren’t able to prepare a number for this year.
  • We will also have less time in between auditions and our performance date. Students will audition 1-2 weeks before the show date instead of two months before the show.
  • There won’t be any large group acts, such as dances done by the whole cast. This will help to significantly reduce exposure to Covid-19 and allow for easier ways to do contact tracing if and when needed.

What type of acts are appropriate for this year?

  • We encourage acts to reflect our theme “We Rise Together.” However, it is not required that the acts relate to the theme.
  • All acts should be in harmony with our school rules and values.
  • Performance numbers need to be compatible with an outdoor theater environment that takes place in the late afternoon, in broad daylight. For example, this isn’t the year to do shadow puppets or laser lights. Students need to be prepared to perform on both a blacktop or grassy surface. Please also consider that natural elements like wind and sunshine will affect the performance. For example, card tricks might be difficult to execute on a windy day.
  • Acts that will work well in the outdoors can include (but not limited to) singing, dancing, magic tricks, comedy routines, sports trick shots, poetry readings, ventriloquy, biking, skateboarding, impersonations, theatre sketches/skits, routines with drones or remote-control airplanes, science demonstrations, etc.
  • Students are also welcome to play musical instruments. However, if more than a microphone is needed for your instrumental number, then students need to provide their own sound equipment, such as amps and keyboards.
  • Solo acts must be 1 minute or less. Group acts must be 2 minutes or less.
  • Maximum of 6 students in a group act. Group numbers larger than 6 will not be permitted. We encourage students to perform with their immediate classmates to help limit the spread of Covid between classroom cohorts.

Will performers be required to wear masks?

  • Masks will be optional for performers while they are on stage performing if a 6’ distance can be maintained between performers. Students and parent volunteers should wear masks at all other times during auditions, rehearsals and the performance.

How prepared should I be at the auditions?

  • Students need to present their act in an audition so that the directors can make sure it is appropriate for a family audience and an outdoor setting. Auditions do not focus on selecting students based on skill level. However, students need to have their act “performance ready” as much as possible.
  • This year, we do not have very much time for students to work on their act after the audition. Costumes, music, choreography, etc. need to be figured out prior to the audition. Please make sure your act fits the time limits. Solo acts must be 1 minute or less. Group acts (2-6 students) must be 2 min or less.
  • All music must be submitted to Clare Crawford prior to the audition.
  • It is okay if students don’t have all the kinks worked out for their act during their audition. Some acts may need to be adjusted or improved after the audition, and the directors will allow time for reworking things. However, if an act is in the very early stages of creation at the time of auditions, the directors will use their discretion to determine if the student(s) is ready to perform. Students that are not sufficiently ready to perform will be asked to support the show as an audience member.

What if I want to use Music in my act?

  • If your act involves music, it must be appropriate for a family audience.
  • Music must be submitted to Clare Crawford before your audition. This is very important because our timeline is very short between auditions and the performance. If you need music edited, you will need to take care of it on your own before auditions. The directors and sound crew will not be cutting and splicing musical tracks this year.
  • Two mics will be available for each act. These will be generic hand-held mics that students can hold with one hand or put on a stationary stand. No body mics will be used at this performance.
  • If you have any sound needs other than the hand-held mics and your music track, you will need to provide your own equipment.

What is the time commitment for my child to participate?

  • Auditions and Rehearsal times take place during early dismissal days from 12:30-3:00 pm. We hope this helps reduce scheduling conflicts with other activities.
  • Students must be available to attend their audition on either Thursday March 3 or March 10 from 12:30-3:00 pm. Students will select an audition time after they register for the show.
  • Rehearsals are mandatory on March 16, 17, and 18 from 12:30-3:00 pm.
  • The performance is on Sat, March 19. Call time will be 2:40 pm, with the show starting at 3:00 pm.

Will there be 5th grade emcees?

Yes! We will select four 5th grade students to emcee the show and several ushers and stage manager. These students need to be enthusiastic, confident, responsible and self-disciplined. They will read from a script throughout the show to announce each act and help keep the show flowing.

Auditions for 5th grade emcees will take place on Monday, March 7 from 3:10-4:30 pm. There is a section to sign up on the Audition Sign-Up Sheet. A script will be provided at the audition.

Students that emcee can also perform in either a solo act or group act. These students need to sign up for two separate audition times- one for their act and the other for being an emcee.

My child wants to perform! How do we sign up?
In order to perform in the show, students must do four things:

  1. Fill out a registration form
  2. Select an audition time
  3. Submit your music track
  4. Come to the audition well prepared
  1. Registration Form: All students who want to perform an act or be an Emcee must complete the registration form before their audition. Students cannot audition without submitting a registration form. Click here to register. https://forms.gle/K6CbaxBRDXEghGqq8
  2. Select an Audition Time: Sign-ups for auditions will take place on a public google sheet. Sign up for an available slot and show up at the JUP 10 minutes before your audition time. All students in your act need to be at the auditions. Please DO NOT delete another student’s name on the audition form. Auditions will take place on Thurs March 3 & 10 from 12:30-3:00 pm. Click here to select an Audition time: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1W5S-SU5RBuZPqw_Z-LTuuTgz3LncKu63_MUZmr1X1zc/edit?usp=sharing
  3. Submit your music tracks: If your act requires a music track or sound track, it needs to be edited and submitted prior to your audition. To help make sure that your music is appropriate, we recommend using songs from KidsBop. Send your digital sound file to mckinleyvarietyshow@gmail.com
  4. Come to the Audition well prepared: Students need to present their act in an audition so that the directors can make sure it’s appropriate for a family audience and an outdoor setting. Auditions do not focus on selecting students based on skill level. However, students need to have their act “performance ready” as much as possible.

    This year, we do not have very much time for students to work on their act after the audition. Costumes, music, choreography, etc. need to be figured out prior to the audition.
    Please make sure your act fits the time limits. Solo acts must be 1 minute or less. Group acts (2-6 students) must be 2 min or less.

We look forward to having you join the show!

More Questions? Email us at mckinleyvarietyshow@gmail.com