Variety Show

The GREAT Ogden Variety Show of 2016 was amazing!

The Ogden Variety Show will be back in 2018!  It is produced every other year.

Act Guidelines

The GREAT Ogden Variety Show will be held on Saturday, February 6th at 2:00pm at the Park Jr. High School auditorium. Those interested in performing an act in the show must READ THE FOLLOWING GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES along with their parents, fill out the required forms, and return them by FRIDAY, December 18th at 3:15pm to the box in the main office. Late forms will not be accepted.

1. A variety of acts are encouraged—singing, playing a musical instrument, dancing, skits, magic, comedy, juggling, or any other unique talent!

2. All performers must be current Ogden students in grades 1-6.

3. Acts must be NO LONGER THAN TWO MINUTES.

4. Students may only perform in ONE ACT.

5. Props and costumes needed during an act must be provided by the act participants. Chairs, music stands, and microphones will be available at the school.

6. Singers should use the karaoke version of a song. The student singer will be drowned out if the song has the lead vocalist’s voice on the recording.

7. ALL LYRICS MUST BE APPROPRIATE IN EVERY WAY. This includes any song being sung, performed instrumentally, or used in a dance. A “clean” or “radio edit” version of a song with explicit lyrics is NOT acceptable. Unacceptable song lyrics include words not allowed in Ogden classrooms, as well as references to drinking, drugs, sex, violence, or behavior unbecoming of an elementary aged student.

8. A song may only be used ONCE in the variety show. Acts with a song selection already chosen by another act will be asked to choose a new song. Songs are approved as completed act information packets are turned in with preference given to acts whose paperwork is turned in first. Since a song may only be used one time during the variety show, there is a procedure for how to fairly approve song choice based on submission. The act that first submits its paperwork will have first priority to the song. Paperwork is considered complete when the Act Information Sheet, the Contract Form for each person in the act, and the original lyrics are stapled together into a packet. Submission packets will be collected daily, and the adult representative will be notified within 48 hours of the acceptance or duplication of the song choice. There is space available on the Act Information Sheet for two alternate song choices.

9. Acts may only use ONE SONG. Mixes and cuts/splices of multiple songs are not permitted.

10. Acts must be fully prepared to perform by the first group rehearsal date. Group rehearsals are held to give students a chance to perform in front of an audience and to set the flow of the upcoming show. Much of the group rehearsals will also be used to teach participants the large group dances. There will not be much time to work on individual acts during the group rehearsals. AS A RESULT, STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO POLISH THEIR ACTS OUTSIDE OF THE GROUP REHEARSAL DATES.

11. Each family of student(s) participating in the variety show MUST have an adult volunteer for a slot on the online Variety Show SignUp Genius. Adults must select their volunteer choice by Friday, January 8th at 3:15pm for their student to participate in the variety show.

Additional Information and NEW Additions

This year. there will be some exciting additions to The GREAT Ogden Variety Show.

OPENING NUMBER & GRAND FINALE-The first addition is the inclusion of an opening number and a grand finale. All participants in Act I will learn the opening number and perform it at the beginning of the show. All participants in Act II will learn the grand finale and perform it at the end of the show. These new additions will give the kids another chance at being on stage, and give their families another chance to see their little stars shine.

KIDS WITHOUT AN ACT IDEA- Everyone can be in the variety show! If your student would like to be in the variety show but does not have an idea for what to do, please fill out the Contract Form and complete the information in the appropriate box. They do not need to fill out an Act Information Sheet. Students will be placed in groups and an act will be created and rehearsed with the help of an adult volunteer based on the students’ preferences. Additional rehearsals may need to be scheduled to get these acts ready for the stage.

ADULT FLASH MOB- If enough parents are interested, a surprise adult flash mob will be put together to perform during the variety show. Please add your name to the online Signup Genius if interested, and additional information will be emailed to you. No dance experience necessary- the flash mob will be very easy and uncomplicated, as many of us are unskilled and out of shape. Keep this a secret, it’s going to be a surprise during the show!

EMCEES- Emcees are students who tell scripted stories/jokes between acts. Emcees should be comfortable speaking in front of an audience. There will also be a short choreographed routine for the emcees to perform. Students who would like to be a show emcee should fill out and submit the Contract Form and check the appropriate box about wanting to be an emcee. Emcees may NOT be involved in any other acts, and they do not need to turn in an Act Information Sheet.

Registration Process

1. Fill out ONE Act Information Sheet per act.  

2. Sign a Contract Form for each participant in the act.

3. Print out original song lyrics to any song being used in the act, whether it be sung, danced to, or as background music.

4. Staple these papers together into a packet (Act Information Sheet, Contract Forms, song lyrics) and turn in to the box in the main office by Friday, December 18th at 3:15pm.

5. After getting music approval from Pam Podolner (this will take up to 48 hours from the time packets are turned in), submit music either on a CD to the box in the main office, or electronically to Pam Podolner at by Friday, January 8th.

6. Have one adult per family sign up to volunteer on the online Sign-Up Genius by Friday, January 8th at 3:15pm.

Rehearsal Schedule

Acts must be fully prepared to perform by the first group rehearsal date. Group rehearsals are held to give students a chance to perform in front of an audience and to set the flow of the upcoming show. Much of the group rehearsals will also be used to teach participants the large group dances. There will not be much time to work on individual acts during the group rehearsals. AS A RESULT, STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO POLISH THEIR ACTS OUTSIDE OF THE GROUP REHEARSAL DATES.

Acts will attend rehearsals on either Tuesdays OR Thursdays. There is a place on the Act Information Sheet to indicate the preferred rehearsal day. Participants must attend all scheduled group rehearsals, with the exception of being absent from school due to sickness.

Tuesdays (Act I): or Thursdays (Act II):

January 12th, 3:15 - 5:15  or January 14th, 3:15 - 5:15 Ogden

January 19th, 3:15 - 5:15 or January 21st, 3:15 - 5:15 Ogden

January 26th, 3:15 - 5:15 or January 28th, 3:15 - 5:15 Ogden

February 2nd, 4:00 – 7:00  or February 4th, 4:00 – 7:00 Tech Rehearsal at Park

February 5th, 4:00 – 6:00* or February 5th, 6:00 – 8:00* Full Dress Rehearsal at Park including *Friday costume / makeup

February 6th, 1:00pm - Call time for all acts to the Park cafeteria 2:00pm - Variety Show Begins!

Volunteer Procedures

Each family of student(s) participating in the variety show MUST have an adult volunteer for a slot on the online Variety Show SignUp Genius. Adults must select their volunteer choice by Friday, January 8th at 3:15pm for their student to participate in the variety show. Please read the descriptions of available slots carefully before choosing, many of them require signing up for multiple days.

There are many roles that need to be filled to put on a show of this size. The available slots are numerous and varied in their days and times to fit into every family's busy schedules. Thank you for helping to make The GREAT Ogden Variety Show a success for your children!

To sign up for a volunteer role, visit the SignUp Genius

Additional Information and NEW Additions

This year. there will be some exciting additions to The GREAT Ogden Variety Show.

OPENING NUMBER & GRAND FINALE-The first addition is the inclusion of an opening number and a grand finale. All participants in Act I will learn the opening number and perform it at the beginning of the show. All participants in Act II will learn the grand finale and perform it at the end of the show. These new additions will give the kids another chance at being on stage, and give their families another chance to see their little stars shine.

KIDS WITHOUT AN ACT IDEA- Everyone can be in the variety show! If your student would like to be in the variety show but does not have an idea for what to do, please fill out the Contract Form and complete the information in the appropriate box. They do not need to fill out an Act Information Sheet. Students will be placed in groups and an act will be created and rehearsed with the help of an adult volunteer based on the students’ preferences. Additional rehearsals may need to be scheduled to get these acts ready for the stage.

ADULT FLASH MOB- If enough parents are interested, a surprise adult flash mob will be put together to perform during the variety show. Please add your name to the online Signup Genius if interested, and additional information will be emailed to you. No dance experience necessary- the flash mob will be very easy and uncomplicated, as many of us are unskilled and out of shape. Keep this a secret, it’s going to be a surprise during the show!

EMCEES- Emcees are students who tell scripted stories/jokes between acts. Emcees should be comfortable speaking in front of an audience. There will also be a short choreographed routine for the emcees to perform. Students who would like to be a show emcee should fill out and submit the Contract Form and check the appropriate box about wanting to be an emcee. Emcees may NOT be involved in any other acts, and they do not need to turn in an Act Information Sheet.