The annual floor show at Dodge City High School takes the stage tonight with nearly 250 students participating in the talent showcase.
The annual floor show at Dodge City High School takes the stage tonight with nearly 250 students participating in the talent showcase. What makes the floor show unique is the combination of school-sponsored performance groups like the orchestra, Class Act, jazz band, drama club, drill team and cheerleaders combined with vocal, instrumental and dance presentations by students individually and in groups. "It's the variety that makes this year's floor show special," said Michaela Hastings and Junior Soto, who will serve as emcees for the evening, introducing each act in a manner consistent with the evening's theme: Juke Box Hero The theme is the brainchild of the event's faculty sponsor, Jim Mapel, who has been overseeing the production for several years. This year, the theme allows the production to showcase a school artifact: a Wurlitzer jukebox from the 80s that sat in the lunchroom of the old high school. "It doesn't always play the number you push and it's full of 80s songs, but it looks good," Mapel said in an interview earlier this week. On the bill for the floor show are vocalists Micha Still, Emily Denton and Michaela Hastings, and Class Act. Brandon Escobar and Erick Romero will perform a rap they wrote about DCHS called "All In." A group called Accafellas will sing "Stand by Me" and "Lean on Me." On the dance front, the drill team and cheerleaders will perform as well as a ballet by Candace Smith, a "Tribal Dance" by the Fab 5 Tribe and a dub step by Rafael Yeverino. Other music will include performances by the orchestra (Ice Sculptures by Brian Balmages), jazz band (Cotton Tail by Duke Ellington) as well as a percussion performance by Caleb Crockett, a piano solo by Jan Korba, and a funk combo including Junior Soto, Dewell/Zach Ridgway and JJ Rojas. The drama club will perform an original skit called "Another Day, Another Substitute," and five martial artists from West Coast Martial Arts will present a martial arts display. Another popular element of the show is the announcement of the Floor Show King and Queen. The candidates are nominated by the school performance groups and student council and voted on by students. This year's nominees are Michaela Hastings and Michael Russel (Class Act), Aarti Chauhan and Andrew Doan (Drama Club), Kennedy Burks and Junior Soto (Drill Team), Emily Denton and Jesus Bastista Lara (Jazz Band), Emile Vongsa and Michael Marino (Orchestra) and Kylie Gifford and Saif Khan (Student Council). "The thing I like about floor show is that first rehearsal when you see all these diverse acts together and you realize what a great mix of cool music and creative people it represents from our school," Hastings said. The show will be presented one night only at 7 p.m. this evening in the DCHS auditorium. Tickets are $5. Students and staff get a free ticket by presenting their current ID.