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 April, we will send 16 of our very best students to compete in the two day event at the historic Frauenthal Theatre and another 8 to serve backstage. Reeths-Puffer will perform on Wednesday, April 10 or Thursday, April 11. 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 Dekota Kilcrease. He will be honored for academic achievement in the program. He will also have his senior picture displayed on our academic wall of honor at the high school.
In athletics, Karina VanDuinen and Carter Fulton are the female and male honorees. Both were unanimously chosen by their coaches as the most outstanding athletes in our student body. Each will have their picture displayed during the show and their athletic accomplishments listed in the program.
Athletics and Academic honorees do not compete, but are included in the program with a narrative of their accomplishments.
Our visual artist is Cody Neinas. He was selected by the art department. His piece is called “Aged Emotion” and is a pencil and charcoal drawing. The piece will be submitted March 29th to the Betty Clark-Canon gallery where it will be displayed for the month of April. His work is presented (photo of his actual work) below:
Our literary artist is Sarah Huiber. She was chosen by the English department for her poetry. Her 3 poems titled The Monster You Make of Me, Boxed Inside Myself and To Faith. They will be reprinted in the Showcase program for all to enjoy. If you would like to read her work, click on this link.
Our solo / duo performer is Madison Navoni. She will perform “On My Own” from Les Miserables. Her vast talent will be featured in this extremely difficult solo from one of the most famous musicals of all time.
Our group performance is made up of Cassidy Briggs, Jake Westerhof, Ray Brock, Madison Navoni, Anna Compton, Maddy Wentworth, Jonathan Krause, Jaxon Carpenter, Laura Nolan, Brenan Norman and Gabby Peabody. They will perform the powerful ballad “Don’t Stop me Now” by Queen.