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2017 Choir Show

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The 2017 Choir Spring Concert took place on May 19 and 20. A “Back to Broadway” theme graced this year’s choir show, and the production was incredibly. All the showings on Friday and Saturday received excellent reviews from the audience and featured many soloists in Advanced Choir Ensemble and concert choir. The singers performed  music from Hamilton, Sweeney Todd, Rent, Newsies, Chicago, Spring Awakening, and Shrek.  Ms. Schmalzbach’s work in directing and producing the show was outstanding. A matinee show started at 2 p.m. on Saturday, and the performance was amazing.

Beginning the show with a medley of music from Newsies, the choir students danced and sang with a lot of energy. Seniors Matthew Harris, Jillian Smith, Dalton Martin, Chris Stanley, Greg Rogstad, Gavin San Juan and Justin Tang performed along with sophomores Jayden Foremen, and Abbey Duerksen. Junior Cassie Zambrano also had a solo within the medley performance.

Next Shadi Portillo, freshman, sang “Not a Day Goes By” from Merrily We Roll Along. After Shadi’s performance, Aini Inguito, senior, sang “Still Hurting” from The Last Five Years with senior Camille Castro accompanying her on piano. Sophomore Ashlynn Hopstein then sang “I Could be Jewish For You” from Freilich & Benson Split The Keys aslo accompanied by Camille Castro. Senior Alison Ghafari then sang “My Favorite Things” from The Sound of Music. After Alison’s performance, the choir all sang “I’m a Believer” from the Shrek soundtrack. Senior Megan Madolora and junior Jesse Craig awed the audience with their rendition of “Last Night” from Dogfight the Musical.

Misa Randoll, junior, then sang “I Know Where I’ve Been” from Hairspray and the entire audience was amazed by the strength of her voice. She captivated the entire audience by the powerful notes she was able to hold. Camille Castro then sang “Everything I Know” from In The Heights and was  followed Christopher Stanley, senior, who sang “I Get a Kick Out of You” from Anything Goes. After the first half of soloists, the choir put on another medley of music similar to their opening.

A brief intermission after the performances allowed the audience to purchase pastries or refreshments. Choir also had a 50/50 raffle that allowed the winner to gain half the profits the show earned that night.

After the intermission, choir put on a medley of music from Sweeney Todd by Stephen Sondheim. Jillian Smith sang “Astonishing” from Little Women, and Graciela Aguilar, junior, sang “Wishing You Were Somehow Here Again” from Phantom of the Opera with junior Gabriel Sanchez on piano. Cheyenne Hampton, Jillian Smith, Dalton Martin, Camille Castro, Aina Inguito, Megan Madolora and Christopher Stanley performed “Cell Block Tango” from Chicago. Concert choir then sang “Mama Who Bore Me” from Spring Awakening. Senior Lotus Ono-Barringer sang “Whispering” also from Spring Awakening. After Lotus’s performance “Step One” from the Kinky Boots was sung. Sophomore Jahmal Rodgers captivated the audience when he sang “Hold Me in Your Arms” also from Kinky Boots. Kimmy Caro, sophomore, was the last soloist with her rendition of “Burn” from Hamilton.

As the final performance, the choir sang a Hamilton medley of music to end the show. Soloists in the final medley included Christopher Stanley, Cheyenne Hampton, Camille Castro, Megan Madolora and Matthew Harris. The only other performers was Jahmal Rodgers, sophmore, and Gabriel Sanchez, junior.

Xander Bowman, a sophomore tenor in ACE, said, “My favorite part of the choir show was being in the dressing rooms with all the guys and just talking and making jokes and just having fun.” His favorite performance was Hamilton. Xander said, “I don’t think the show needed much improvement; I thought it was just perfect–even though we maybe missed a step–but I think our enthusiasm and our team effort really just brought the show to its full potential. I loved the entire show; it was truly amazing [and] I wouldn’t ask to change anything.”

At the end of the show Ms. Rebecca Schmalzbach, choir director, said, “With only ten days in the theatre getting ready for the show, they did an amazing job.” She thanked Mrs. Kamily Coriaty for her work in the choreography of the show.

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