- Local Guide
PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ It‚Äôs strange, the information that may or may not be revealed within the walls of one‚Äôs own home.
Weeks ago, after New Year‚Äôs Day and before Groundhog Day, PAHS senior Dane Baker successfully auditioned to serve as one of the four emcees ‚ÄĒ along with Micky DeChurch, Ali Mancuso and Keaton Mohney ‚ÄĒ for the 2012 Variety Show.
‚ÄúBoth of my parents were very excited,‚ÄĚ Baker said. But he didn‚Äôt know a very coincidental fact that he shared with his mother, Mary Ann (Pisarcik) Baker.
When she was a PAHS senior, in 1981, she, too served as a Variety Show emcee.
‚ÄúI didn‚Äôt even know until a week or so ago,‚ÄĚ he said.
And how about those photos from his mom‚Äôs stint as an emcee, along with Marcia (Hudzick) Blose?
‚ÄúShe looked pretty outrageous,‚ÄĚ he said.
Kim (Rubin) DeChurch ‚ÄĒ today, a co-advisor of the show and an emcee in 1972 ‚ÄĒ said many of the students debuting at the Variety Show tonight have had family members take part in the annual event in one way or another: In a sketch, behind the scenes or as an emcee.
However, she noted, when she posed that question to this year‚Äôs seniors, many said they weren‚Äôt sure if that was true, or simply replied, ‚ÄúI don‚Äôt know.‚ÄĚ
Shy, perhaps? DeChurch‚Äôs son, Micky isn‚Äôt, and his sister, Nelae, also served as a director a few years ago.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs awesome to carry on a tradition like this, because I think the parents are so proud,‚ÄĚ Kim DeChurch said. ‚ÄúAnd Micky, I‚Äôm happy for him; he‚Äôs followed in my footsteps. He likes to entertain.‚ÄĚ
She noted that despite serving as a Variety Show advisor, she didn‚Äôt serve among those who selected this year‚Äôs four emcees ‚ÄĒ but she did see his audition.
Mary Ann Baker said she just wanted to be a part of the show.
‚ÄúAt the time, I just wanted to be in the Variety Show, a part of the whole senior class,‚ÄĚ said Baker, who, today, teaches in the DuBois Area School District in Sykesville. ‚ÄúI was excited to be anything. I don‚Äôt recall how we (with Blose) got together to audition for emcees.‚ÄĚ
Baker‚Äôs son, Dane, said he‚Äôs watched past Variety Shows from the audience for years, waiting for his chance as a senior and a performer, which he will also be ‚ÄĒ on piano ‚ÄĒ in addition to serving as an emcee.
‚ÄúI‚Äôve been playing since I was little, and I always kind of thought, ‚ÄėI can do that in the Variety Show,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúEvery year, I was always, ‚ÄėI can‚Äôt wait to be in the Variety Show.‚Äô It‚Äôs more like kind of showing what our class can do.‚ÄĚ
Baker‚Äôs not the only one. Director Janie Depp-Hutchinson was a sophomore watching her older brother, Michael ‚ÄĒ dropping his pants and everything ‚ÄĒ as an emcee in 2010.
While some of her classmates sought the onstage spotlight in the 2012 Variety Show, Depp-Hutchinson said she wanted to serve as a director ‚ÄĒ which she does, along with Erika Bizousky, Kendall Neal and Quinton Weber ‚ÄĒ because she ‚Äúwanted to work behind the scenes and tell people what to do.‚ÄĚ
And as if the family connections don‚Äôt already run deep, there‚Äôs the case of senior Elana Curry, whose older brother ‚ÄĒ and her English teacher, whom she must refer to as ‚ÄúMister‚ÄĚ ‚ÄĒ is co-advisor Matt Curry.
What does she recall about her brother ‚ÄĒ 12 years her senior ‚ÄĒ serving as an emcee during his class‚Äô Variety Show in 1999, when she was age six?
‚ÄúThat he was wearing one of my mother‚Äôs dresses,‚ÄĚ said Elena, who will sing in the sketches ‚ÄúAngry Birds‚ÄĚ and ‚ÄúToddlers & Tiaras.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúAnd he was wearing boxers,‚ÄĚ she added.
Matt recalls seeing the video of the 1999 performance, ‚Äúand I could hear her yelling in the show.
‚ÄúIt makes me feel nostalgic; so many great memories about our show,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúAnd now she will have hers with her class.‚ÄĚ¬†
Their middle sibling, Adam, also took part in his class‚Äô Variety Show in 2001.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs an honor, and just a wonderful thing to go through, and I knew it would be a lot of work,‚ÄĚ Mary Ann Baker said about her Variety Show experience. And as for her son‚Äôs participation, she said, ‚ÄúI knew I would be providing lots of odds and ends.
‚ÄúI suppose that‚Äôs why my lamp shade is missing today,‚ÄĚ she added.
‚ÄúIt‚Äôs the best time of their lives, and it goes quick,‚ÄĚ¬†Mary Ann Baker¬†said. ‚ÄúThey work so hard, and at the end of it, they‚Äôre so proud. It‚Äôs a nice experience to go through. And believe me, it goes fast.‚ÄĚ
VARIETY SHOW 2012
How does one explain sketches about Steve Jobs; the cafeteria; part-time jobs; the Spice Girls; Angry Birds; a ‚ÄúCartoon Catastrophe;‚ÄĚ and Bruno Mars ‚ÄĒ all in three nights?
Find out for yourself, as the Class of 2012 presents its Variety Show, ‚ÄúHold on to the Memories,‚ÄĚ starting at 7 p.m. tonight, and continuing Friday and Saturday, in the PAHS auditorium.
Tickets are available at the door. Proceeds will benefit the Margaret C. Boles Foundation and the seniors‚Äô annual all-night party after graduation.