The 32nd annual Copacabana gave students at Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School to showcase their various artistic talents with a night dedicated to the fine arts that saw a large crowd pack the Burkley Fine Arts Center.
Maureen Beck, Band Director at Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School, explained that this COPA was a major hit, noting a growth in attendance, especially at the dinner catered by Totally Smoked BBQ.
“This was one of our most successful years,” said Beck. “The dinner was very well attended; almost all of the tables were filled. We’re talking about adding more tables next year to seat more people. Really, throughout the program, the auditorium was pretty full. I was very pleased.”
Beck noted that this year there was an increase in the number of underclassmen who decided to perform musical pieces. She believes it is important for the students to be able to highlight their talents.
“We had a lot of really great talent, and that’s what we look for,” Beck said. “It doesn’t matter what age the students are, as long as they have talent and are willing to go on stage to perform, we’re happy to have them. We were also really pleased with the emcee talent. It’s always great to see.”
Several works of art were displayed at Copacabana, all of which were produced by art students at Fairbury High School. Connie Schouboe, Art Teacher at Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School stated that there were roughly 60 pieces on display.
“I think COPA went very well this year,” said Schouboe. “It’s always beneficial for the art students to have their work on display for the community to see. We always have it put up for the Agribusiness Banquet so it reaches an even broader audience. It’s just a nice thing for the kids all the way around. The students did a lot of high quality work through the year, so it helps the show.”
Both Schouboe and Beck hope to see Copacabana continue to grow because of the importance of supporting the fine arts at Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School.
“We hope that people keep spreading the word about COPA,” said Beck. “We want to keep it growing because this is a great thing for the kids.”
Here is a video clip of Senior Paul Mach singing “I Can’t Help Falling In Love With You”:
Here is a clip of the Fairbury High School Jazz Band performing: