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Jan. 27, 2006

Arts & Entertainment

Student Varieties shows open this weekend

by Anne Krapfl

The Make-A-Wish Foundation again will reap the financial benefits of a successful 2006 Varieties run. The student production, with its talent show-format of sorts, gets under way this weekend with the first preliminary round. Sweepstakes weekend is Feb. 24-25.

Each of three preliminary shows will feature two 20-minute skits (mini-musicals, really), several five- to eight-minutes vignettes by other student teams, and an emcee team whose task it is to weave together the evening in an entertaining way. Each team is vying to represent its category (skit, vignette, emcee) in the Varieties Sweepstakes.

The skits typically include a stage set, costumes, musical numbers and a live band. Vignette performances this year will include an ISU rapper, a trombone octet, a belly dancer, a magic hands dance group and ISU juggling club, among others.

Preliminary shows begin at 6 and 9 p.m. on consecutive Saturday evenings: Jan. 28, Feb. 4 and Feb. 11, in the Memorial Union Great Hall. Tickets are $7 and available at the hotel desk (first floor) of the Memorial Union.

Sweepstakes weekend is Feb. 24-25. The Varieties Sweepstakes features the top three skits, top three vignettes and top emcee team, as judged in the preliminary rounds. Sweepstakes performances begin at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, and at 6 and 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, also in the Great Hall. Tickets are $8.

A majority of ticket proceeds, and donations taken at the door at all performances, will go to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Varieties began its donor relationship with the wish-granting organization for children with life-threatening medical conditions about five years ago.

Faculty and students featured in dance performance

Orchesis 1 presents Barjche 2006, a modern dance concert, Feb. 10-12 at Fisher Theater. Barjche ("Bar-SHAY") combines the talents of dance faculty and student performers, choreographers, and costume and lighting designers in this annual production.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. (Feb. 10-11) and 2 p.m. (Feb. 12). Tickets are $7 and can be purchased at the door or through TicketMaster. For more information, e-mail Taryn,

performers from <i>Thoroughly Modern Millie</i>

The musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie takes you back to the Roaring 20s when the young Kansan Millie (center) makes the big move to the Big Apple to make a name for herself. The six-time Tony Award winner is at Stephens on Feb. 11 at 7:30 p.m. Submitted photo.