GBS variety show “Found” focuses on identity

Glenbrook South students and staff have spent the 2017-18 school year exploring the meaning of identity (n): “the fact of being who or what a person is.”’

With the school’s wide range of courses, extracurricular activities and athletic teams, students can explore their passions and build their skill set. 

“We also believe in helping students find their voice,” GBS Principal, Dr. Lauren Fagel, said. “We want students to find issues and challenges that they care about, learn about and share their opinions about.”

Josh Koo, Asst. Principal for Student Activities, said this idea of identity was at the forefront of choosing a theme for this year’s variety show, “Found.” 

“Being ‘found’ means to discover someone or something after a deliberate search; to recognize someone or something is present,” Koo said. “We were looking for a variety show theme that each person could connect with. Acts are coming from all areas of the school. They demonstrate identity, talent and true variety.”

One student who can say she relates closely to the show’s theme is Elena Maciel. The senior made the show this year with an acapella act.

“Elena walked into her audition very hesitant, but what transpired next was simply breathtaking,” Koo said. “She left all the judges speechless with not only her strong vocals but with the emotion and passion that she carried through each word of the song.”

Maciel will be singing “I’m Here” from The Color Purple. She describes the lyrics as the anthem to her life …

“Thankful for everyday that I’m given,

Both the easy and hard ones I’m livin’.

But most of all I’m thankful for 

Loving who I really am.

I’m beautiful.

Yes, I’m beautiful.

And I’m here.”

Maciel has been involved in choir all four years at GBS, and has participated in musicals for three years. This is her first solo act in the variety show.

“Senior year is mentally a really good year for me,” she said. “I feel like I’ve come full circle. I’ve become more confident.”

Looking ahead to future milestones, Maciel said she would like to become history teacher. 

“Teachers have a lot of power in shaping young lives,” she said. “I love helping people.”

Maciel's guidance counselor, Erika Pedersen, said that seeing Elena perform in the Variety Show will be one of the highlights of her year.

"Elena's journey through high school has been challenging at times, so to see her empowered and confident as a senior is deeply meaningful to me," Pedersen said. "She is so deserving," 

The show will be held Feb. 21-24 in the GBS auditorium. Tickets are available for $15 online or over the phone

Show times:

7:30 p.m. Feb. 21-23

2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Feb. 24

GBS variety show “Found” focuses on identity