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Glenwood Students Present 19th Annual Variety Show

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Glenwood students open the 19th Annual Variety Show with the Variety Show theme song. Credits: Brad Klein
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"Scars to Your Beautiful" performed by Maddie Popolow, Maddie Bulbulia and Zoey Blake. Credits: Brad Klein
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Hope Abbey, Emily Grace-Cassano, Harper Corbin, Bridget Mulvaney and Sarah Stoller perform "That's How We Do." Credits: Brad Klein
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Emcees Annie McDonough and Ella Simons Credits: Brad Klein
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Students join the teachers onstage to close out the show. Credits: Brad Klein
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Glenwood teachers take the stage at the 19th Annual Variety Show Credits: Brad Klein
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Glenwood Faculty and Teacher Finale Credits: Brad Klein
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AJ Spina and Eli Nashel perform selections from "School House Rocks" Credits: Brad Klein
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Siddharaj Gangwal and Arnav Jain dance to "Kaala Chasma" Credits: Brad Klein
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Sanjana Krishnan performs "Hello" by Adele Credits: Brad Klein
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"Concerto #6 in A Minor" performed by Tara Shivakumar on violin Credits: Brad Klein
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Ben and Jason Li as entrepreneurs in a Shark Tank skit. Credits: Brad Klein
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Aphrodite Deng, Caroline Li, Wendy Ouyang and Leah Lu dance to "Kidzbop Shuffle" Credits: Brad Klein
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Sage Abbey, Chloe Benjamin, Sylvie Benjamin and Amara Cabbani dance to "Just Like Fire" Credits: Brad Klein
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Dia Gupta performs "Trouble" and "As Long As You Love Me" Credits: Brad Klein
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Celine Wu performs "This is Me" Credits: Brad Klein
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Caroline Grossman and Tess Friedman perform "Break Free" Credits: Brad Klein
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Dominic Volpicelli performs "The Lion Sleeps Tonight" Credits: Brad Klein
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Gabriella Volpicelli performs "Ode to Joy" Credits: Brad Klein
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"Black Widow" and "Whip My Hair" performed by Somya Dave and Ashley Joseph Credits: Brad Klein
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Saatchi Chatopadhyay, Sophie Lu, Amelia Dosanj-Mikkelsen and Mia Zhou dance to "My House" Credits: Brad Klein
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MILLBURN, NJ - The 19th annual Glenwood Variety Show hit the middle school stage on Thursday and Friday evening featuring elementary students grades K-5. Students performed individually or in a group to the delight of a packed house both nights. Audiences settled in early to get a good seat for the shows that featured over 50 acts each evening.

Fifth graders are traditionally honored during their final show as they step up into Millburn Middle School, but this year the 4th graders also received special recognition. This year marks the first class set to move on to the new Washington School in the fall. 

Creative Director Cynthia Tratnyek was very impressed with the quality of each performance. "It's crazy. It's amazing how good some of these kids are" said Tratnyek. "We had a musician that played Carnegie Hall, and she's in fifth grade. Last night, one student sang while the mother accompanied him on the piano."

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Audiences enjoyed singing, dancing, skits and instrumental performances covering the entertainment spectrum. At the end of the show the audience was treated to a performance by the Glenwood teachers; then the students joined the teachers to celebrate another rousing success for the Glenwood Variety Show. 

Tratnyek also values the opportunity the Variety show presents for the students every year. "It's really good for the students to get up there, with the spotlight, and the applause," she said. "But, it's especially good for the boys. A lot of them play sports, and don't get the recitals like the girls."

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