Weekend Showcase: “Wastebasket Revue”
Osseo teachers and staff show off their singing, dancing and acting skills in the annual “Wastebasket Revue.” The show, which is now in its 52nd year, raises money for scholarships.
“The number of people in the cast has increased I think over the years,” said Duayne Malewicki who is credited with starting the “Wastebasket Revue” in Osseo Area Schools back in 1967.
Malewicki also says the money raised has increased over the years from $500 to $2500. He is retired now, but remembers the district’s rapid growth when the “Wastebasket Revue” began.
“We had a lot of new teachers every year starting in 1968 because in those early years, we were opening a new school almost every year,” said Malewicki.
Malewicki is playing the keyboard in this year’s show and proudly says that he’s been involved in every one.
The staff says it’s not only a great way to raise money for scholarships, but to connect and develop relationships with other teachers from across the district.
“There’s a lot of camaraderie in the show and you get to network a lot which is nice,” says Amy Goettl, “Wastebasket Revue” board vice president.
The theme of this year’s show is “The Greatest Show,” from the movie “The Greatest Showman.” However, the focus and the goals of the show have always remained constant.
“It’s been going on for 52 years and with the completion of this year, it’ll be 1.3 million dollars we have put into scholarships for students to continue their education,” said this year’s “Wastebasket Revue” Board President, Schuyler Deuel.
The “Wastebasket Revue” is onstage Friday at 7:30 p.m. and then on Saturday and Sunday at 2:30 p.m. All shows are at Park Center Senior High School.