Park View Elementary's First Variety Show a Success

Performances included dancing, singing and a pre-schooler who can play Beethoven.

Students from Park View Elementary performed in the school's first talent show at Kings Park High School Friday night. The 90-minute variety show in the high school's auditorium included children in kindergarten through third grade on stage for dance routines, singing, riddles, baton twirling and more. A special first act featured five-year-old pre-schooler Benjamin Blanchet playing a segment of work by Beethoven on keyboard, with only a little assistance from his mother.

Divided by a brief intermission, the 25 acts, each under five minutes, were received very favorably by friends and family.

"The girls that put this together did it in a very short amount of time and really did a great job," Peggy Lopez said of the show, which included a dance routine by her daughter.

"We thought the show was fantastic. It was a very successful first year," Victoria Stamler said.

"I thought it was great. [The kids] had a great time seeing some of their friends up on stage. I hope to see it every year," Bill Gunnell said. 

The show's idea originated with Christina Leoutsakos and Denise Paratore, who formed the Park View PFA Variety Show committee.

"Everything went as planned," Leoutsakos said. "There was talk about it last year and I had offered to do it. We thought that the kids would enjoy it and it would be good for the school."

"[We did this] so the kids would have something fun to do in school and something to talk about and be excited about in the winter," Paratore said.


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