Get ready to take a trip to Las Vegas as Carmel Catholic High School kicks off its annual fundraiser, "Street Scenes Goes To Las Vegas."
The 39th annual event takes place Friday and Saturday, Feb. 8 and 9. The fundraiser is open to the general public ages 21 and older at 6:30 p.m. on both evenings.
For one weekend each year the entire school is completely transformed into a party town atmosphere with more than 20 live bands, a casino, food and drink from popular area restaurants, comedy clubs and the famous Student Show in the Carmel auditorium.
The student show is professionally produced and choreographed, presenting four shows per night.
The free senior citizens' performance is Sunday, Feb. 3, at 2 p.m. Carmel students will kick up a storm in the dress rehearsal of the always-popular Student Show, which is a small taste of Street Scenes weekend festivities. The show will last approximately one hour.
During Street Scenes, more than 30 rooms of show venues and concessions will spotlight bands and acts such as Blind Logic, Frontage Road, Joe Powers Country Band, Replica, Gasoline Alley, Inside/Out, Crooked Moon, The Mojo Daddies, The Bryan Vyborny Band, Smadhi Vibe, the Irish Pub and more.
This year's showrooms include The Dave Arrigo Show; Grayslake Show: Corsairs Palace, A Divine Intervention; Lake Zurich Show: Tony and Tina's Wedding In Vegas; Waukegan Show: Not So Super, Man; Improvisational Show: Manic Impressive, and more.
The Carmel cafeteria will feature entertainment from Brass from the Past.
The school gymnasium is also transformed into a Las Vegas-style casino with blackjack, poker, craps, roulette, Wheel of Fortune and other popular games. The casino opens at 8 p.m. and is traditionally one of the hottest spots during Street Scenes weekend.
Tickets cost $20 in advance (available by calling (847) 566-3000) and $25 at the door. Proceeds support Carmel Catholic educational programs. No smoking is allowed in the buildings at Carmel Catholic High School.
Lake and McHenry County seventh- and eighth graders, along with Carmel Catholic High School students, are invited to Street Scenes Student Night Thursday, Feb. 7 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission is $5 in advance, $6 at the door. Students will be able to enjoy several of the shows -- including the Student Show -- along with food and games at reduced prices.
The Street Scenes annual gala takes the collective effort of more than 1,000 adult and student volunteers to ensure success.
For Carmel Catholic students, their major focus is to make the Ad Drive a success. Carmel Catholic parents and other adult friends lend their support to Street Scenes as entertainers, artists, bartenders, stage crews, electricians, short-order cooks, ticket sellers, printers, seamstresses, waiters and waitresses, set up and take down crews, and in other ways.
Visit www.carmelstreetscenes.com or call (847) 566-3000 for more information.