Deer Park High School Presents the 69th Installment of "Parkers"

April 24, 2015

A Year in the Park #selfie

A Year in the Park #selfie

Deer Park High School Presents the 69th Installment of “Parkers”

Hamilton County’s longest running variety show

This weekend, the Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School will present the 69th installment of Parkers, the longest running high school variety show in Hamilton County. This year's theme is “A Year in the Park" with skits, vocal and instrumental musical performances, group and individual dances, and a few surprises added in spanning a year at Deer Park High School.

"This year's [Parkers] has been a new experience for our cast. With the theme of 'A Year In The Park' the cast has been challenged with the task of coming up with acts that capture the progression of the months and seasons of an entire year,” said Elizabeth Tierney, Parkers Director and Deer Park Jr./Sr. High School Vocal Music, Arts teacher.

All of the vocal music classes perform and the high school Jazz Band provides the music for many of the acts. Seniors Hope Mueller and Sarah Ping host the event while the rest of the 140-member cast ranges from grades nine to 12.

“As always the [Parkers] cast, crew, and staff are so dedicated and a delight to work with. We are looking forward to performing a show that will leave you laughing out loud and fighting back tears. It's a great show for an audience of all ages,” said Tierney.

Students become a Parkers cast member in two ways; they are either a part of a class, such as mixed chorus, glee club, or show choir, or they audition.  There are two types of acts for which students audition: recurring acts such as opening and closing chorus, jazz and swing dances, and boys and girls kick line, or specialty acts which the students create and write themselves.  These range from comedy skits to individual dance numbers to musical solos. 

"Before I even got to see Parkers in elementary school, I had heard about it and could not wait until I was old enough to audition. My mom and aunts had been in it and I watched my cousins and brother perform. I wanted to be a part of the on-going tradition,” said Katelyn Bosse, Deer Park High School class of 2016.

Parkers is not just for the students either. The staff and choreographers are made up of primarily Deer Park faculty and alumni volunteers. 

“Years ago, I stopped by with a friend to drop off some sewing she had done for the cast. I talked to Marjean Miller Wuest and asked her if there was anything I could do for her. The rest is history. I’ve been a Parker’s volunteer for 21 years. I love it,” said Toni Germann, Deer Park High School Alumnae.

Parkers is a long running, community-oriented tradition that is a mainstay in Deer Park. The teachers at Holmes Primary and Amity Elementary look forward to it as well because they get to see their former students in a whole new spotlight. Every year, students at Holmes and Amity look forward to walking over to the high school the Thursday of show week to get a preview of the show. 

“I grew up in Deer Park watching Parkers, my whole family has been in Parkers. I’m the 4th generation so I wanted to follow.” - Jami Baker, Deer Park High School Class of 2018

Parkers really is a community event as it is not uncommon for grandparents and parents, who performed in the show when they were students at Deer Park, to come see their children and grandchildren. 

“[Parkers] is the largest event each year and it’s so special because people in the event have relatives who were also involved in the show which makes it more personal and special,” said Angelika Serran, Deer Park High School Class of 2015

Showtimes are on Friday, April 24 at 8 PM and on Saturday, April 25 at 2 PM and 8 PM. All performances will be at Crawford Auditorium, 8351 Plainfield Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236.

It is a great day to be a Wildcat!