Variety Show Guidelines

Welcome to the Variety Show Informational Site

Should you have additional questions, please contact the co-chairs at varietyshow@madisonpto.org.

Participation and Guidelines for the Variety Show

Event Details

Location:  Christian Church of Clarendon Hills (5750 Holmes Avenue)

Performance Date:  Friday, May 19th, 2017

Performance Time:  6 – 8 p.m.

  • Act 1:  Grades K-2
  • Intermission
  • Act 2:  Grades 3-5

Mandatory Dress Rehearsal (held at the church)

  • Grades K-2 (and all 5th grade MCs):  Wednesday, May 17th (time TBD)
  • Grades 3-5 (and all 5th grade MCs):  Thursday, May 18th (time TBD)

Optional Run Through (held at Madison)

  • Grades K-2:  Monday, May 15th (time TBD)
  • Grades 3-5:  Tuesday, May 16th (time TBD)

Act Details

  • Group acts need to be two minutes or less
  • Solo or duets need to be a minute and a half or less
  • In the interest of fairness to all, please note that K-4 students may only participate in ONE act for the Variety Show. (5th Graders also have the option for MC/Finale)
  • Props are the parent/performers responsibility.  They must be:
    • Moveable
    • Non-breakable and lightweight
    • Nothing with lights (including strobe or black lights).  Stage lighting will be provided
    • Must be able to be set up in 2 minutes or less
    • Nothing that is thrown into the audience
    • Not include glitter of any kind (including on costumes)

 Music Details

  • If the music you plan to use is longer than your Act,  it is your responsibility to edit it
    • Please remember this is an elementary school show.  Music needs to be appropriate.  We suggest using the KidsBop version of songs, whenever possible.
  • Final, edited music needs to be emailed to varietyshow@madisonpto.org no later than Friday, May 5th.

Behavior Expectations for Performers and Families

  • No food allowed at any time while on church property. Only water is permitted.
  • Children must be respectful and courteous at all times. Please review with your children that they cannot run up and down the aisles, put their feet or shoes on any auditorium chairs or play in the lobby/restrooms.
  • Children cannot touch church property or equipment

Parent and Audience Member Expectations

  • Parents and all audience members are allowed in the theater 10 minutes prior to show time
  • Please only invite immediate family members, as capacity is a concern
  • You are not permitted to save seats before or during the performance
  • For safety, cameras/tripods cannot block aisles or exits
  • No flash photography during the performance. We encourage you to take your photos/videos during dress rehearsal.
  • Flowers and bottled water will be sold in the lobby area before and during the show