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Skyblue Mesa kids rock in new building

Posted: March 11, 2008 1:00 a.m.
Updated: May 12, 2008 5:01 a.m.
Students are Skyblue Mesa Elementary School put their new state-of-the-art multipurpose room to use Saturday when they presented their annual variety show to a packed house of more than 200 friends and family members.

This year's theme was "Puttin' on the Ritz: A Tribute to Broadway," and the show included everything from puppeteers to pianists. The show was held in the school's multipurpose room, which just officially opened last month.

"People were saying that it was the best show ever. I don't know if it was because we were inside out of the wind and sun, but everybody loved it," said Ligaya Kelly, who with her husband, Mike, has coordinated the show for the past three years.

Performances included a puppet show, a skit to the tune of "Crocodile Rock" and a father/daughter act featuring Kyra McCormack on the drums and Scott McCormack on the guitar . The McCormacks performed an original song that they wrote together titled "Fjord."

The youngest performers on stage Saturday were second-graders, and the stage crew even got into the act with a surprise dance performance to Michael Jackson's "Thriller."

"They weren't on the program, so no one knew they were coming out," Kelly said. "They came out and did the dance and kind of surprised everyone."

The entire cast and crew performed in the finale, which lasted eight minutes and combined the tunes "Puttin' on the Ritz," "Singin' in the Rain," "Don't Rain on my Parade," "Welcome to the '60s," and "Maniac."

It was choreographed by Kelly with input from some of the dancers.

"The finale came out great," Kelly said.

The show - including intermission, a cast after-party and parent raffle - lasted about three hours. There were 30 acts and more than 60 students were involved, as well as volunteers from Sierra Vista Junior High and Canyon High School.

This was the last show for the Kellys, whose youngest child will be promoted to Sierra Vista next fall. They hope another parent will volunteer to take over the show so it will continue.

"Hopefully the show will go on next year with someone else in charge," Kelly said. "The kids really enjoy doing it."

There will be an encore performance at the school either at the end of March or the beginning of April, with acts spread out over two days, Kelly said. For information, contact Ligaya Kelly at skybluevarietyshow@


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