LOUDONVILLE — Fourteen acts, virtually all of them comedies and many musical, will be featured in the 2018 version of the Loudonville High School Lip Synch, set for Friday, Feb. 17 at 7 p.m. In the C.E. Budd School Auditorium.
Proceeds from the evening of comedy will constitute the Class of 2018's senior project for the Loudonville-Perrysville School Foundation.
Since the initial project in 2000, members of senior classes at LHS have raised nearly $45,000 for the foundation in their senior projects, which have ranged from a dance contest, cow patty bingo, dodgeball tournaments and basketball games, a spoof on Shakespeare and a talent show, which morphed into a very successful lip synch competition last year.
"Two years ago, as the senior project, a talent show, combined with a spaghetti dinner, was held very successfully at the high school cafeteria," said Kenny Libben, School Foundation Board member who serves as board liaison with the senior class officers. "Unfortunately, because of limited space, we could only gets a little over 100 people in the see the event.
"So, last year, we moved the event to the Ohio Theatre and dispensed with the dinner," Libben said. "Over 300 attended at the theater, and the reason behind moving this year's event to the Budd School Auditorium is that we can get almost double that amount of people there."
Tickets for the lip synch are $10 for adults, $5 for students and children 5 years old and younger are admitted free, according to Caleb Gongwer, president of the LHS Class of 2018. The senior class officers are chairing the event.
"Our goal with this project is to break the record for raising the most amount ever with a senior project," Gongwer said. "That record is $4,650 raised by the Class of 2007, which combined a dodgeball tournament with a cow pie bingo game."
Last year's lip synch generated $2,922, fifth biggest take of the 18 senior projects.
Gongwer said the different acts planned will be diverse, "featuring the hits you hear on the radio today along with oldies, and stuff from famous musicals. Group sizes will range from duets to a senior group with 10 members. We will feature people who are really talented, to folks who will display mock talent. It will be fun."
"We will have a representation from the girls choir," Class Secretary Deken Foster said, "along with the drill team, and with groups that are creatively using costumes and props in their acts."
"We are also trying to recruit some of our faculty members to share their talents," Class Treasurer Jason Mitchell added. "We haven't gotten any commitments yet, but I am confident we will get some."
One act Mitchell is looking forward to features students Kylie Van Dine and Seth Rhodes performing music from "Barbie Girl."
Class Secretary Deken Foster is the only returning winner from last year's lip synch. He earned a third last year.
In the past talent show and lip synch, faculty members served as judges, but this year, Gongwer announced, "our judges will be entirely from the community, except for our French teacher, Madame Jackie Arnold. Other judges will include Mayor Steve Stricklen, Lindsay Carr from Trails End Restaurant and the new Superintendent of Schools Catherine Puster.
In addition to the show, the L-P School Foundation is conducting a food drive during the event.
"Bring a canned food item in and you will be given a ticket for a chance to win one of four $25 gas cards donated by the Foundation," Libben said. Food collected will go to the Helping Hand Food Pantry.