Singers, dancers, comedians and musicians showcased their talents on the stage of Las Vegas Academy’s Lowden Theater for the schools 2011 Annual Variety Show and Fundraiser.
Hosted by the parent volunteer group, Friends of Las Vegas Academy, this event couldn’t have come at a more important time. Nevada legislators announced proposed budget cuts for the Clark County school district totaling in the hundreds of millions of dollars – dollars that many public schools like Las Vegas Academy critically need.
School Principal, Andre discussed his concerns, “The Friends of Las Vegas Academy is our parent volunteer group, but it’s also our fundraising group and in this time of budget cuts and arts always starving for attention, the Friends of LVA helps us to raise money.
“This year is interesting,” says Principal Long. “We just decided to raise the money now then wait to see what really happens to our budget next year. So, tonight is really all about having fun and just letting our hair down doing things we normally don’t get to do.”
According to students, the best part of the evening is seeing teachers, faculty and fellow classmates step out of their everyday roles to boldly perform on stage, some for the first time ever.
The opening act of the night began on a ‘tricky’ note with the incredibly talented magician Mac King performing his entertaining routine of comedy and slight of hand. King has been a headliner at Harrah’s Las Vegas for more than 12 years.
On a typical day, Cheryl Jacks and her five co-workers can be found working in the administration offices assisting the Dean and monitoring student attendance, but tonight, decked out in dark sunglasses and red bandanas, the six-member group named, “Cheryl and The Redneck Girls” surprisingly showed off their knack and style for rockin’ country music performing the song, “You Can’t Hurry Love,” made popular by The Supremes.
LVA senior and jazz major, Nick Posin attends the variety show every year along with his parents Mitchell and Anita Posin. “My favorite part of the night so far is the Mariachi band,” says Nick.
Nick’s father Mitchell Posin, Friends of LVA co-president says, “We love the variety show”. Mother, Anita Posin adds, “We think this school is great, especially for the right child. It works well for Nick.”
Over 100 items were donated by local business, students and parents of LVA for the silent auction portion of the evening. The Friends of LVA also held a raffle that included a 15-inch notebook computer donated by Sue Bowers and a charming, two-story Doll House donated by Beth and Andy Gabriel.
The money raised from this annual event will go towards purchasing textbooks, technology and school improvements. For more information about Las Vegas Academy of International Studies and Performing & Visual Arts or to become a part of the Friends of LVA call (702) 799-7800 or visit them on the web at http://schools.ccsd.net/lva.