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Variety show benefits scholarship fund

April 09, 2005|by BONNIE H. BRECHBILL

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A show that combined a spoof on "The Newlywed Game," a quiz on 1950s slang, a dance to "Rockin' Robin" and a Canadian Stomp dance raised money for scholarships Friday evening.

More than 70 administrators, faculty and staff of the Chambersburg Area School District performed for students, alumni and community members in the second annual CASD Variety Show at Chambersburg Area Senior High School.

Titled "CASD Through the Decades," the show was sponsored by the CASHS Varsity Club to raise money for the Tim and Susan Cook Memorial Scholarship Fund.


Tim Cook, a math teacher and well-loved girls cross country and track coach for more than 25 years, and his wife Susan, were killed in a car accident on Dec. 13, 2002. Last year's show raised $3,800 for the fund.

Two scholarships of $500 each are given yearly to deserving Chambersburg seniors in the math and business departments.

In opening the show, German teacher and emcee Paul Unruh said that "teachers are people. Kids don't realize that. They're real people, and you're going to see that tonight."

If seeing their favorite teachers dressed in poodle skirts or participating in "Faculty Feud" didn't convince students of that, nothing will.

High school yearbook pictures of several teachers flashed on a screen as those who had been "royalty" - homecoming court, Color Day court or escort, and even a Miss Pennsylvania first runner-up - paraded across the stage in the style of clothing they wore then.

"This will shock kids into thinking we had a life before we were teachers," said Marcie Taylor, the driving force behind the show. "Students just see us in one role. They're excited about the show."

Taylor, a Spanish teacher at the school for 12 years and co-adviser of the Varsity Club with John Ambrosio, said that this year's show was more lighthearted than the previous one.

"There were some tears last year; there was more of a memorial aspect," Taylor said. "We're hoping for lots of laughter" before the show. "It's laughter at our expense, but it's for a good cause."

"Everyone comments on Tim's terrific sense of humor, and how much he would have enjoyed this type of event," she said.

The '90s portion of the show included a performance by the CASHS Faculty Step Team and the grand finale STOMP, in which Taylor played a trash can.

Technical support was provided by science teacher Sean Wible and English teacher Andy Berrier.

A bake sale at intermission benefited the Marcia Brown Trojan Spirit Scholarship. Brown was a gym teacher who died last year after a brief illness.

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