June 4, 2011
As graduation day approaches, three Buckeye Valley seniors are balancing final exams, planning graduation parties and generally preparing to wind down their high school careers.
In the midst of it all, Rachel Spain, Nikki Lemaster and Alicia Wilson have taken on one last task: preserving BVHS’s Senior Spotlight, its annual senior talent show.
The three students, who are friends through their involvement in vocal music and theater, were disappointed to learn last week that school faculty who had organized the show, traditionally held after school in the high school auditorium, didn’t have time to put it together this year. But Spain soon thought to ask the historic Strand Theatre, located in downtown Delaware, to host the show as an alternate venue. Theatre manager Kara McVay is a family friend.
“They needed a venue, and I’m an alumni of Buckeye Valley too … so I have a soft spot for BV,” McVay said Friday. “I know the kids were performing, and they have a need, and I have a theatre. So we made it work.”
And thus, the show will go on: this year’s BV Senior Spotlight will take place at 7 p.m. on Tuesday at the Strand, 28 E. Winter Street. The talent show will double as a celebration — Tuesday also happens to be the last day of school.
Chelly Belly, a deli across the street from the Strand with BV ties, has agreed to stay open longer that night to sell food to BV students. Another BVHS senior, Evan Lang, is donating some sound equipment and has volunteered to run the lights and sound board for the show.
“It’s been really nice to have the support of the Delaware community,” Spain said in an interview at the high school this week.
“Especially compared to how upset we were when we first found out it might be canceled,” Wilson said. “Now with how things are coming together, we’re outrageously happy.”
The three girls are working on signing up acts, and hope to procure at least 10 to fill out a two-hour slot, but are prepared to accommodate for more. They expect bands, dancers and improvisational comedy to be among the attractions. They hope interest will extend beyond the vocal music and theatre department, which traditionally accounts for the bulk of performers.
Lemaster said students head into their senior year looking forward to closing out their high school lives with one final hurrah. So she’s glad that she has been able to keep the show alive.
“A lot of people won’t get another opportunity to perform again in their lives, unless they’re on Broadway or something,” Lemaster said. “Senior Spotlight is a way for them to get on stage one last time.”
Admission to the show is free, although the students will accept donations, which will be split between helping reimburse the Strand for using the space and the BV Food Pantry.