Variety Show & Art Exhibit

  • The MES Variety Show and Art Exhibit is Morningside’s annual performing arts spectacular sponsored by the PTA. The 2019-2020 show will be the 29th year of this event!  Along with the performance, an MES Art Exhibit will be featured at the venue. This year, the show will once again be directed by the creative and fun-loving Coach Aly Nussear.

    In the past, the Variety Show has included a large assortment of act types. Some examples are instrumental performances, gymnastics, acting skits, creative dance, comedy, etc.  We welcome creativity!  For the Art Exhibit, all MES students are welcome to submit any piece of artwork. 

    Registration Links:
    Variety Show Audition Registration Link:   2020 Variety Show Audition Form
    **Link will be made active December 2nd at 8:00 am through December 21st at midnight. 

    Please be prepared to answer the following information when you register:

    • If it is a group act, please designate one parent to answer specific questions about the act.
    • If the act is a solo act OR you are the parent act designee, please have specifics on length of act, type of act, if you would like to upload any needed music or receive assistance editing music from a PTA approved music professional (Details below)

    Art Exhibit Registration Link: 2020 Art Exhibit Registration Form
    **Link will be made active December 2nd at 8:00 am through January 27th at midnight.

    Please be prepared to answer the following information when you register:

    • Type of artwork
    • Size of artwork
    • Title of artwork
    • Attach a headshot of your child with a solid background (taking a picture from your phone is all we need)

    We have some changes for this year, please read below! 

    2020 Theme:  Passport to Adventure


    • Art Exhibit: February 23, 2020 at 1:30pm
    • Variety Show: February 23, 2020 at 2:00pm

    Ferst Center for the Arts, Georgia Tech 349 Ferst Dr NW, Atlanta, GA 30332

    Changes for 2020 Show:

    New time restrictions:
    Small acts (1-3 students) can be up to 2:00 minutes in length
    Large acts (4 or more students) acts can be up to 3:00 minutes length

    Show Logo:
    All students are invited to submit a drawing/artwork to be used as the show logo.  The winning entry will be used on programs, t-shirts, and various Variety Show and Art Exhibit materials.  Students whose entry is not selected are encouraged to have their artwork included in the Art Exhibit. 

    Logo Entry Requirements:

    • Due to the front office by Dec 20th
    • Pictures must be on an 8.5 x 11 size sheet of white paper
    • Picture can only include 4 colors. Black and white count as colors

    Help with Music:
    You have asked and we have answered!  This year PTA has found a music professional to edit and upload music for acts that would like assistance with their music.  This service is completely optional. Parents will still be able to upload music when they complete the audition registration form.  

    Parents will be contacted with the edited music.  Due to the large time requirement of editing, there is a $20 fee the service, payable via PayPal ( or Venmo (Roy-Hinshaw).

    Georgia Tech will no longer allow us to provide free parking to performers and attendees on show day.  Parking will be available, but there will be a $10 fee per car. 

    Important Dates: 

    Variety Show Dates:

    • Audition registration opens: December 2nd (2020 Variety Show Audition Form )
    • Audition registration closes: December 20th
    • Audition Day: January 8th (Held during the school day at Morningside)
    • Dress Rehearsal at Georgia Tech Ferst Center: Sunday, February 9th(Mandatory for Variety Show Participants) 
    • Variety Show and Art Exhibit at Ferst Center February: 23, 2020

    Art Exhibit Dates:

    • Art Exhibit registration opens: Dec 2nd (2020 Art Exhibit Registration Form)
    • Art Exhibit registration closes: January 27th
    • Artwork to be turned into front office: February 10th- February 14th
    • Variety Show and Art Exhibit at Ferst Center: February: 23, 2020

    Details on how to be a part of the Variety Show…

    • Students who would like to audition for the Variety Show should complete the Online Audition Registration Form during the registration window, December 2nd-20th.
      • The online form will be available here and in the Digital Dolphin.
    • Auditions for the Variety Show will be held during the school day January 8th.
      • Parents are welcome to attend their child’s audition.  During the first week of January a schedule of audition times will be emailed to parents and teachers.
      • Parents will receive an email letting them know if their child’s act was selected for the show.
    • Students whose acts are not selected to be included in the show are invited to be a part of the Halftime Show. The Halftime Show is an energetic group number with fun choreography suited for a range of performance abilities.

    Details on how to be a part of the Art Exhibit…

    • Students who would like to have a piece of artwork displayed in the Art Exhibit should complete the Online Registration Form between December 2nd – January 27th.
    • Artwork is due to the front office by between February 10th-February 14th.
    • The Art Exhibit will be set up in the front atrium of the Ferst Center at Georgia Tech on February 23, 2020.
    • Doors will open to the Art Exhibit at 1:30.
      • Tickets are not required to attend the Art Exhibit, but are required to enter the auditorium for the Variety Show portion of the show.
    • All artwork mediums and themes are welcome to be displayed. Please refrain from the use of weapons or violence in the artwork.

    Variety Show Volunteer Committee

    Are you interested in helping with the show? We’d love help making the show a success. If you are available and interested, please attend our meetings.  If you can’t attend meetings, but would like to be involved, please sign up via Membership Toolkit or email Kelli Hadfield or Ginger Pursley.

    Please be aware that volunteering on the Variety Show Committee will in no way affect your child’s acceptance into the show.  Acts are chosen by a judging committee made up of one teacher, a Student Council representative, a PTA representative/s, and a selected community member.  The volunteer committee is in no way involved with the selection process.

    Committee Meeting Dates:
    All meetings will be in the Media Center at the main MES Campus at 8:05 am.

    • September 13
    • October 18
    • November 15
    • December 6
    • January 10
    • January 24
    • February 7
    • February 21

     PTA Variety Show Co-Chairs: Kelli Hadfield & Ginger Pursley

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