Variety shows at Augustana date back to the early 1940s, when faculty, alumni and students participated in the productions, which were organized and led by faculty members. Viking Varieties officially debuted in October 1953 in the Old Gym as the homecoming talent showcase.
This fall, to celebrate the 60th anniversary of that show, the Department of Performing and Visual Arts, alumni artists and more than 200 student performers will present a “Varieties Like Never Before” at 8 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, in the Mary Sommervold Hall (shown above) inside the historic Washington Pavilion in downtown Sioux Falls.
Faculty, advisors and cast members will continue to develop the show over the summer. Here’s a sneak peek of the acts so far:
Registration is closed for Viking Days 2013. This event is sold out.
- In addition to student emcees, Varieties veterans Rebecca Hjelle ‘03 and Todd Manion ‘04 are returning as Masters of Ceremonies.
- A performance of Camille Saint-Saens’ Danse Macabre by the Augustana Percussion Ensemble. Music by the Augustana Orchestra, under the direction of Dr. Christopher Stanichar, including its performance debut of John Williams’ “Overture to the Cowboys.”
- Alumni Kyle Pederson ‘93 and JJ (Pederson) Gohl ‘95 will present a dueling pianos version of “Billy Jean.”
- An opera production of the opening two scenes from La Traviata featuring The Augustana Choir, Angelus, the Collegiate Chorale and eight soloists.
- Much, much more!
We look forward to seeing you at the SOLD-OUT All-Class Reunion and the special anniversary presentation of Viking Varieties, followed by desserts, drinks and dancing at the Afterglow on Saturday, Oct. 19, at the Washington Pavilion!
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