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14th Annual P‐ARTS Variety Show Friday, March 10 benefits performing & visual arts at STC East High School

Mar 01, 2017 10:57AM ● By Neighbors Magazines

The 14th Annual P‐ARTS Variety Show, Friday, March 10, 7:00 pm at the Norris Cultural Arts Center, will highlight the talents of St Charles high school students. The show features Saffron Bruno, Allison Cole, Jamie Dowat, Leah (Frankie) Hensen, The Kings (Ben Dufresne, Jacob Hansen and Jonah Nink), Nikki Macey,Stefani Paladino, Jeremy Pillaro,Kyle Pullman,Erin Newman,Megan O’Neal,Sarah Sandecki,Emily Smith,Jason Sreniawski and Gabrielle Willaert. Variety Show Emcees are Chrissy Chlapecka and Jack Wartman. Tickets will be available for purchase Friday night when the doors open at 6:30 pm. Student tickets are $5.00 and adults are $7.00.  

Celebrating its 14th year, the P‐ARTS Variety Show is the major fundraiser for People for the Arts or P‐ARTS, St. Charles East High School’s arts advocacy and booster club. P‐ARTS was formed in 1979 by East teacher Ron Koeppl. Ronald Koeppl spent more than fifty years as an educator and director, most of which was in District 303. The Black Box Theatre at St. Charles East High School bears the names of Ron and his wife, Gretchen, who devoted their lives to theater and education. After Ron passed in March 10, 2016, donations in his memory were designated in part towards the theater department at the high school. These funds were used to purchase a sound system for the Black Box Theatre. 

P‐ARTS volunteers work with faculty and students to promote, educate and advocate for the literary, visual and performing arts as a vital component to a quality education. In addition to the Variety Show, P‐ARTS provides grants to East’s Humanities Department and the Visiting Artists Program, and offers P‐ARTS student members arts scholarships for college, camps and festivals. P‐ARTS has also been instrumental in procuring artwork displayed in the halls of St. Charles East High School. To become a member, volunteer or donate to P‐ARTS, please contact

East High School in St. Charles, Illinois is committed to equipping students with the tools they need for academic, personal and social achievement. STC East High School enables every student to reach their highest potential by establishing a curriculum that meets or exceeds government standards for education; providing extracurricular programs that develop children’s’ mental, physical and social skills; and partnering with parents and the community to create an environment geared to the success of all students. For more information, see