Clermont Elementary fifth grader Lydia Young was destined to perform in the school's variety show.
Young sings and also plays piano, guitar, and clarinet. Her father, Chad, is a music conductor.
"He has taught me everything I know about music," Lydia said at a dress rehearsal.
She played along with a comment suggesting she had no other option other than being a musician and performing in the variety show. "I love music," Lydia said. "I didn't really have a choice but I love it anyway."
In truth, she has long been interested in singing in front of her classmates at the annual event.
"I saw the show in kindergarten and I knew I wanted to be in it," she said.
Lydia sang "My New Philosophy" at the June 7 variety show. She considered more current songs before deciding to perform the number from the musical comedy "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown".
"I talked with my dad and he said it was a good song that fits my personality," Lydia said. "I listened to it and I said, yep, I'm going to do this one."
Mason Houghton performed the Darius Rucker song "Wagon Wheel" on his guitar. He has been taking lessons for a year and "Wagon Wheel" is one of the songs he first learned.
"This is my first major performance," Mason said at the dress rehearsal. "I'm a little nervous but I'm excited to be playing in front of my friends."
Volunteer co-chairs Stephanie Spangler and Carolyn Millhouse helped to organize the show along with teachers and other Clermont staff members. Spangler and Millhouse put together the program, set the lineup, and were responsible for decorations.
"We jell it all together," Spangler said.
There were 21 acts including 40 students. A handful of students were part of two performances. Houghton was also part of the basketball skills exhibition, for example.
Tryouts were held May 17 for the fifth-grade only show, with teachers determining which acts would appear on the 90-minute show. Teachers try to get as many students involved as possible. One student came to tryouts with a song but wound up participating in the basketball exhibition.
Students also serve as stagehands and announcers.
Fifth grade teacher Danielle Tercha says Clermont has been holding a variety show for more than 15 years. "It's important for students to be able to show their talents," Tercha said. "The variety show builds our school community as well."