Chartiers Valley prepares for 'showcase'

Chartiers Valley student-actors perform a number in the  showcase in March 2013.
Chartiers Valley student-actors perform a number in the showcase in March 2013.
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Megan Guza
| Wednesday, May 7, 2014, 7:39 p.m.

Chartiers Valley's High School Showcase will be a red-carpet affair this year.

The annual performance showcase will kick off Thursday night with a red carpet awards-show theme and award-winning songs, but students have been looking forward to the performance for months

“Showcase is my absolute favorite time of year,” said senior Sarah Gallagher, a dance troupe member. “I always look forward to putting on a great show for everyone, because that's what they expect.”

She said the hardest part is trying to make each performance better than the night before.

“The best part of showcase is the support from the community and feeling a sense of accomplishment,” said sophomore Kenzie Sherry.

That sense of accomplishment is what dance troupe instructor and showcase sponsor Cathy Jenkins wants the students to take from the event.

“I hope they take away pride in their performance and what they accomplished,” said Jenkins, who has been showcase director since 2007. “It's a class, but it becomes a team. If they don't work together, the performance will never come together.”

The High School Showcase began in 1985 as part of the jazz band's spring concert and included three performances by just one class. The idea was born out of the physical education teacher at the time, who wanted to start a dance class.

There will be 27 performances this year, including dancing, acting and singing. There will also be an art exhibit as well.

To go with this year's red-carpet theme, a new element has been added, Jenkins said: a host.

“We'll have a host, just like a host of the Grammys or Oscars,” she said. “It's just a whole other element we never had before. It's taken practice.”

Students have been practicing since November, but only began practicing on stage last week.

“We started in November, but we just got to the auditorium (last week),” said Cathy Jenkins, dance troupe instructor and showcase sponsor. “It's difficult, because as soon as you get in there, the spacing changes.”

Another road bump to showcase has been the numerous snow days the district had this year.

“We were a little more rushed this year,” she said. “You just try to make the best of the time that you have – try to utilize your time and not waste any. It always comes together regardless of how much time you have.”

Bringing the show together comes from the hours of practice.

“The most difficult part of being in showcase are all the countless hours during school and outside of school that we spend practicing,” Sherry said. “But, that practice really pays off.”

Megan Guza is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5810 or

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