Annual Variety Show presents: Superheroes!
by Bri Giovagnoli ’12
It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s…the 29th Annual Immaculata University Variety Show!
Directed by Martha Dietz and Ted Chaney-Miadzinian and produced by Professor Joseph Healey, the Variety Show is a production held every spring semester that showcases the talents of the Immaculata student body. With guidance from both directors and Stage Managers Dan Matthews and Dara Himes, there was a true variety of entertainment at this highly-anticipated show, from bands to solos to dance numbers.
Every show has had a theme, and this year’s was Superheroes! Acts were introduced by a different well-known superhero or heroine. Stars included Batman and Robin (Tom Croke and Anthony Boyer), Professor Xavier (Healey), Wolverine (Boyer) and Magneto (Mike Craig) from X-men, the Flash (Ian Baker), and Supergirl (Nicole Masceri). Also appearing was Lois Lane Mike Ventola) along with their sensei, Master Splinter (Healey). And since the Variety Show is always diverse in its subject matter, there were also small skits featuring “Jersey Shore” and “Pants on the Ground.”
Some well-known musicians performed at the Show this year. A few played solo, such as Mike Craig playing “All You Need is Love” by the Beatles and Mike Holland with his original song “Deep Down.” A few paired up, such as Kris “Slow Jam” Grossi and Nicole “Heartbreaker” Masceri for “You and I” by Ingrid Michaelson; Mary Kate McNulty and Kira Stead for Broadway songs on different instruments; Nick Karabetsos and Sean Maguire for a “Kiss Me/Hey There Delilah” mash-up; and Martha Dietz and Matt Poole for Neil Young’s “Tell Me Why” and “Comes A Time.” Another pair was “Everybody Digs” Tom Croke and Kristen Constantine performing Mozart’s 1st Sonata for Four Hands on the piano.
There were also groups to perform familiar tunes. Singing the B-52’s “Love Shack” were Mary Kate McNulty and Dan Peterse with Pat McNulty, Sean Maguire, Nick Karabetsos, and Chris DiCamillo accompanying on band. Another group, comprised of Maguire, Karabetsos, DiCamillo, Boyer, and Bob Frank performed “Layla” by Eric Clapton. The band Schism, headed by Mike Holland, Joseph DiMarco, Kevin Ryan, and Justin Saunders, played Black Sabbath’s hit “N.I.B.” Finally, Tom and the Krakens, featuring Ian “Tasty J” Baker, Boyer, Croke, Grossi, and Nicole “Heartbreaker” Masceri, performed the song “Space Dementia” by Muse. Also featured prominently throughout the show was the Immaculata house band, comprised of Grossi, Boyer, Baker, Masceri, Pete Solecki, and Mary Kate McNulty.
But not all the acts were musicians jamming on instruments. Some flexed their pipes for the audience, singing songs we’ve known since childhood. Solecki and Ventola rapped out “Angel” by Shaggy featuring Rayvon, while James De Frances brought back Frank Sinatra with his two classics “Fly Me to the Moon” and “Luck Be A Lady.” Other acts focused on the talented dancers of the University. Kareema Nelson performed a solo number to “Black and Gold” by Sam Sparro, after which Amanda Pritchard and I danced to Cascada’s “Because the Night.” And IU’s own Double S dancers, featuring Destiny George, Jessica Madden, Kareema Nelson, Doreen Pierre-Louis, and Jessica Shearin, performed their routine to Nicki Minaji’s “I Get Crazy” featuring Lil’ Wayne.
This year’s Variety Show was well-done, funny, and highly entertaining. The cast and Stage Crew, including those who worked on and off stage, did a phenomenal job pulling the entire production together in the short time period given. Now these heroes and heroines will have to resume their secret identities until they are called upon again to deliver entertainment to Immaculata. Holy IHM Sisters, Batman, I can’t wait until next year!