What it takes to be a Variety Show performer, and why we should appreciate them more

The Variety Show is one of Conant’s most favored and honored traditions. From musicians, to dancers, to comedians, the two-day event is a great opportunity to showcase all the talent our students have to offer. The Variety Show happened a couple weeks ago, and many at Conant knows how impressive the performances were, but what does it take to put yourself out there and perform?

What goes into a variety show act?

Although the Variety Show may look effortless by the time we see it, the reality is that tons of preparation, planning, and work are involved before showtime. According to Variety host and performer Maya Cronfel, ‘25, “Preparation for the Variety [Show] only officially starts within the few weeks before the show. We have virtual auditions that are due about two weeks before the show, and we have rehearsals those two weeks where we plan…Performers are practicing their song, dance routine, etc. at home before the shows, but the MC’s [hosts] meet every day after school for two weeks to come up with skits or introductions for each act.”

In addition to the short time window the performers and hosts are given, they also have to balance schoolwork, clubs, and sports on top of Variety preparation. Since the main production of the show is mostly student-driven, that’s basically the equivalent of working three jobs at once.

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Maya Cronfel, ‘25, singing “Quiet” by Natalie Weiss at the Variety Show

Why should we appreciate Variety performers’ talent?

Since Variety Show participants have such jam-packed schedules, they don’t have a very wide time window to prepare the show. Considering this, it’s impressive that they find the time and dedication to put such a large production together. Cronfel also mentioned that a big part of the Variety Show is pushing yourself out of your comfort zone. Upon exiting the show, audience members make comments like, “I could never do that,” or even, “I would never do that.” The next time you leave a show or event like the Variety, take a moment to appreciate the people who went out of their comfort zone and performed. That takes a lot of guts on its own. Being in a position that many people wouldn’t even think to put themselves in, and still showcasing your talent flawlessly, is a very challenging skill to master.

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Maddy Quigley, ‘26, performing original choreography to “All I Ask” by Adele at the Variety Show

In addition, events like the Variety Show help make our lives as students a little more colorful. As it is, there aren’t many other opportunities at Conant for students to showcase their talent so broadly to their peers. Many other clubs, while still showcasing equal and incredible talent, may not be as heavily publicized or accessible for the general public to see. The Variety Show provides that opportunity, letting performers share their talents with their peers, and allowing not just the people who attend to gain a bigger appreciation for them, but the entire school as well.

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BLiTZER (Fatima Praja, ‘25, Milo Kehl, ‘25, Anthony Macino, ‘26, Madison Kehl, ‘25) performing “Hysteria” by Muse at the Variety Show

How can students support the Variety Show?

One of the biggest and simplest things you can do to support the Variety Show is to go see it. Admission is free, and it’s a great opportunity to support your friends and peers in doing what they love. Attending will also give you a larger glimpse into the diverse talent we have at Conant, and best of all, it’s only an hour of your time.

If you’re feeling extra generous, monetary donations are also accepted. All donations go to Cougars In Need, a fund that aids financially unstable students with necessities, such as food or clothes. So, by attending and donating, you are not only supporting your peers, but also benefiting your local community.

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