The public has one last chance to Saline Varsity Blues in concert this summer. The youth show choir, which features students in grades one through 12, performs the third of three shows at 7 p.m. Saturday in the Ellen A. Ewing Performing Arts Center at Saline High School.
There was no shortage of talent and skill on stage when Varsity Blues took the stage Friday night in front of more than 200 people. The "Varsity Blues Cast," which features high school-aged performers, was the most polished group, whether they played in in solo or ensemble numbers. Of note, Andrew Goddell, who seems to perform with everyone, provided one of the highlights of the show, performing Enrique Iglesias' "Hero." Even better, perhaps, was Alex Miller, plucking the acoustic guitar as she sang The Beatles' "Blackbird." Once a microphone issue was corrected, Cora Hassberger was splendid singing "On My Own" from Les Miserables.
Varsity Blues also demonstrated wonderful dance skill on several songs. Alexis Douglas and several other dances were excellent in a Bollywood dance number called Jai Ho.
But, as always, the passion and enthusiasm for singing was the raison d'etre for Varsity Blues. Even when the tiny kids in grade one weren't in sync, it was a joy to see them bounce around the stage in colorful costumes to a great collection of tunes. Songs include Born to be Wild, Putting On the Ritz, Bizarre Love Triangle, Come On Eileen, Lucy in the Sky witth Diamonds, All You Need is Love and Born in the USA.