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Catalina Club goes Hollywood for 2018 show

Krystle Wagner • Mar 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM

GRAND HAVEN TWP. — “Lights, Camera, Catalina.”

Grand Haven High School’s Catalina Club is set to entertain audiences during its “Hollywood glam” theme shows set for next weekend.

Performances are at 7 and 9 p.m. Friday, March 16; and 1, 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, March 17.

Tickets are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Children age 5 and younger are free. Tickets will be sold at the door and go on sale 45 minutes prior to each show.

Since it’s warm in the high school’s Aquatic Center, audience members are encouraged to dress in short sleeves.

This year’s Catalina Club features more than 250 girls and boys, said Renee Borchers, a GHHS senior and the club’s president.

After being elected and crowned as officers after the shows last March, Borchers, Audrey Reus, Jenna Benson and Megan Jarvis have dedicated countless hours to selecting music, choreographing dances and developing deeper friendships in the process. Although the officers started out as friends, Borchers said that spending so much time together immediately brought them together like family.

Being elected an officer was a dream come true for senior Reus, who has been in the club since her freshman year.

Bonding with fellow students was among the highlights of Jarvis’ three years in Catalina.

Along the way, Benson said she also learned the importance of communication. From 5:45 a.m. practices, selecting music and choreographing, Benson said she has enjoyed her time in Catalina.

“I wouldn’t trade it for anything,” she said.

The officers said the club’s adviser, Betsy Ainsworth, has been helpful and supportive along with way.

In less than one week, the senior officers will end their time with the club.

Benson said the show times are her favorite parts of the year because it’s the club’s chance to showcase the numbers they’ve choreographed and rehearsed.

Borchers, who has been in Catalina for three years, said she’s enjoyed meeting all of the people involved in the club and the behind-the-scenes aspects such as costumes and choreography. She said it’s great working with people who are equally as passionate about Catalina.

“We’re never going to forget all these memories we’ve made here,” Reus added.

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