New Faces 2021… The Beat Goes On!
Quincy Senior High School Annual New Faces Variety Show
Quincy, IL—The tradition of Quincy Senior High School New Faces Variety Show will continue this year virtually. New Faces has been a highlight of the QHS Music Department programming since 1955 when then Band Director Mr. Dan Perrino began the production to feature the QHS Jazz Band and variety acts. In 1969 retired QHS Choral Director Mr. Dan Sherman added the QHS Swing Choir to the New Faces line-up, to round-out the production format that continues today.
New Faces 2021 “The Beat Goes On” thematically represents the perseverance and resiliency that has kept music alive in QHS classrooms and virtually on the QHS theatre stage during the global pandemic when many school districts in Illinois and across the country cancelled music in their schools.
In February, QHS Students auditioned to be included in this year’s virtual production. Variety Acts include vocal solos and duets, house/garage bands and dramatic skits. Keeping with tradition, QHS Jazz Bands and Show Choirs, Company Blue and Electric Blue will be featured along with the QHS Madrigal Singers, QHS Senior Color Guard, QHS Percussion, and two area student dance troupes, Q-Dance Senior Elite and Vancil Performing Arts Center.
QHS Jazz Band I will open the show with jazz composer Paul Baker’s swing chart “Roll with the Punches” exemplifying the titles instruction to stay positive and always roll with the punches, an act QHS students and teachers know all too well. The Electric Blue mixed voices Show Choir will kick off Act II with the productions title song “The Beat Goes On” originally performed by Sonny & Cher. Other highlights include the Gloria Estefan 1994 hit “Turn the Beat Around” performed by Company Blue, the QHS treble voices show choir.
The production team includes teachers Mr. Matt Gabriel, Mrs. Meghan Buckley, Mr. Paul Shelor, Mr. David Buckley and QPS Director of Music Education Dr. Todd Pettit.
Virtual tickets are $20 and may be purchased by going HERE. New Faces 2021 “The Beat Goes On” will be pre-recorded and will air on Saturday, April 10, 2021 at 7p at the link patrons will receive upon purchasing tickets.