BELDING — Whether you call it a variety show, comedy show, or collection of skits performed entirely by students, there’s one thing the Belding High School Band Follies show is guaranteed to be — entertaining.
Tonight and Saturday, at 7 p.m. at the Belding Performing Arts Center at Belding High School, students in the high school band and pops ensemble will perform numerous sketches and musical numbers that range from solo vocal and instrumental performances to group dances of students dressed in comedic outfits.
The cost of admission is $6 at the door.
“Band Follies is a very long tradition that has been going on here for almost 40 years at Belding High School,” Belding Director of Bands Laura Hyler said. “It’s a glorified talent show. You’ll see singing events, funny skits, the jazz band, the pops ensemble — it’s a nonstop show.”
This year’s show will take on a new look in the new auditorium, which features state-of-the-art lighting and sound equipment that has brought the show to a new level.
“The logistics behind using the new auditorium has been a challenge, but yet it’s so amazing because of the quality of the facility we have now,” Hyler said.
According to Hyler, whether you’re attending by yourself or bringing your entire family, this year’s show offers a little bit of everything.
“It’s something that’s for everyone,” she said. “If you need some good quality and funny entertainment, this is the place to be the next two nights.”
Proceeds from the show go directly back to the band program, helping to pay for new instruments and other band-related expenses.
“We always get a large crowd,” Hyler said. “Please come support these kids. This is a 100 percent student-run show. It’s cooperative learning at it’s highest.”
Belding senior Megan Anderson, 18, said if she had to describe the show, it will be similar to something you might catch on a late-night variety show on TV.
“I think it’s like watching Saturday Night Live,” she said. “There’s some singing and music, but all-in-all, it’s like a comedy show.”
Senior Gabriele Hayes, 17, said she is just looking forward to taking the stage in front of a full crowd in a new, spacious auditorium.
“Everybody looks forward to Band Follies,” she said. “There’s a lot more space in the new auditorium now, too. We’re all really excited.”