Showcase is an annual fine arts competition among schools in West Michigan. The competition traces its roots back to 1981. Reeths-Puffer has had a strong connection to the show since its inception as we have participated with talented acts and have provided the stage crew each and every year. This March, we will send twenty of our very best students to compete in the two day event at the historic Frauenthal Theatre and another six to serve backstage. Reeths-Puffer will perform on Thursday, March 23. The awards are given out at the end of Thursday’s show. The awards in the four performing categories are 3rd place – $300, 2nd place – $500 and 1st place – $1000. These are cash awards, not scholarships. There is also an overall “Showstopper” award given out which carries a $1000 prize as well.
In academics, our honoree is valedictorian Maria Nolan. She will be honored for academic achievement in front of the crowd. She will also have her senior picture displayed on our academic wall of honor at the high school.
In athletics, Blake Ross and Maryssa Depies are the male and female honorees. Both were unanimously chosen by their coaches as the most outstanding athletes in our student body.
Athletics and Academic honorees do not compete, but are brought onto the stage and their narrative is delivered by the host for the evening to allow all to hear of their talents and awards.
Our visual artist is Noel Sheffer. He was selected by the art department. His piece is a spiral of piano keys which is suspended on a swivel from the ceiling. It is in perpetual rotation. The piece will be submitted March 2nd to the Betty Clark-Canon gallery where it will be displayed for the month of March.
Our literary artist is Taylor Dibble. She was chosen by the English department for her poetry work. Her poems will be reprinted in the Showcase program for all to enjoy.
Our solo / duo performer is Brody Yarian. He will perform an original juggling routine. He has a vast amount of juggling skills and will bring along many items to juggle including a tennis balls, frisbees, bowling balls and glow in the dark spheres.
Our group performance is called Equinox and is made up of Cody Jonaitis, Jacob Foster, Lauren Martin, Dolen Austin, Dawson Wheeler, Carson Judd, Zach Ostoin, Gabrielle Burns, Matthew Jeroy, Madeline Stafford, Evan Hodson, Noel Sheffer, Nathan Schweri, Weston Dulyea and Quinn Yarian. They will perform Edgar Winter’s 1973 rock anthem Frankenstein.