With a great meal catered by Totally Smoked BBQ and a number of student performances lined up, this year’s Copacabana is one people won’t want to miss.
Maureen Beck, who is helping to organize COPA, explained that this is a great event for students to highlight their skills and abilities that people do not normally see.
“COPA has been going on at Fairbury for over 30 years,” said Beck. “It’s a chance for students to showcase the talents that they have in a different way. They get to choose a song that they get to sing or play if they do an individual act, or some unique talent that they have. It’s a nice way to showcase all of their talents. It’s a chance for the community to come see how talented the students are, and for the kids to have fun.”
This year, students will perform during and after the dinner service, as a nod to the way Copacabana was organized in previous years. Doors open at 5 p.m on Saturday, with a mealtime performance beginning at 5:30. Beck hopes that there is a large turnout this year for the event. A number of art pieces created by the art students will be on display during the event as well.
“I would say this is something different for people to see,” Beck said. “People need to come see the kids in action. They’ve all worked really hard. It’s really all about the kids. We want to pack the house this year. I’ve really appreciated all of the support over the years of the arts department from the community, the school and everyone else. It really helps the students showcase their talents.”
The funds raised during COPA help to support the fine arts at Fairbury Jr./Sr. High School, being used for a variety of projects to promote student activities.
“We’re working on several projects,” said Beck. “Right now we are working on a project to update the stage a bit. It may be used to repair instruments, or for art supplies, or even to help send a student to participate in Honor Band. It all helps the students.”