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Spirit of the Season

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Christmas cheer extended from the elegant setting to the beautiful singing of ACE and the other choirs. Photograph by Andrew Barron.

Christmas cheer extended from the elegant setting to the beautiful singing of ACE and the other choirs. Photograph by Andrew Barron.

Andrew Barron

Andrew Barron

Christmas cheer extended from the elegant setting to the beautiful singing of ACE and the other choirs. Photograph by Andrew Barron.

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The mark of Christmastime for some is the snow-paved roads along the highway or the crackling fire in the fireplace. But for the Charter Oak community, the mark of Christmastime is the annual choir show that fills the H.K. Baird Theatre. At 7 p.m. the Royal Oak Middle School theatre doors opened for the audience to take their seats. While ushers placed guests in their seats, the performers were doing their last minute preparations.

The show began with all the choirs coming together to sing a medley of Christmas carols arranged by MacHuff while simultaneously throwing candy to the audience.

Jackie Flores and Jesse Craig, seniors, performed “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen.” The women’s choir performed “Grown-Up Christmas List”; soloists included Natalia Sandoval, sophomore; freshmen Katie Ramirez and Abby Wagner. Women’s choir also performed “Breath of Heaven.” Senior Jared Aguirre soloed with “Noel,” and Concert Choir followed, performing  “Christmas Star” from Home Alone and “A Charlie Brown Christmas” medley arranged by Steve Zegree. Angela Prince, junior, sang “Be Born in Me” and Cassandra Zambrano, senior, gave her rendition of “Santa Baby.”

Women’s choir performed “Light of the Clear Blue Morning” with Nicole Santos, sophomore, singing the solo. Women’s choir also performed “By Candlelight” and “Miss You Most at Christmas.” Jahmal Rodgers, junior, performed “What Christmas Means to Me.”

Advanced Choir Ensemble, ACE, performed “Candlelight Carol” and “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” choreographed by Jamisa Randoll, senior.

After a brief intermission, the show opened with the combined choirs performing a “Nightmare Before Christmas” medley with soloists Anthony Rivera, senior; Amanda Kazazi, freshman; juniors Jahmal Rogers, Emma Wrigley and Summer Colon.

Shania Chase, sophomore, a member of Concert Choir, said, “My favorite part of the show was singing the ‘Nightmare before Christmas’ medley because all three choirs came together to make the song the best it could be.”

The Filipino Duo performed “Mary Did you Know?” and Concert Choir performed “You’re a Mean One, Mr.Grinch” and “The Chanukah Song” with a duet by freshmen Isabella Feldman and Jordan Anderson. Graciela Aguilar, senior, followed, performing “Pie Jesu” by Andrew Lloyd Webber.

ACE performed “Carol of the Bells,” “Christmas Time is Here,” “Glorious Impossible,” including solo performances by juniors Abby Duerksen, Jayden Forness and Ashlynn Hopstein.  “Silent Night” also included a rendition by American sign language interpreters. The final song Advanced Choir Ensemble performed was “My Good Lord’s Done Been Here” adapted by Andre Thomas.

To close the show, the combined choirs all performed “This Christmas” with soloists: Jamisa Randoll, senior, and Jahmal Rogers, junior. Graciela Aguilera, senior, and Jayden Forsness, junior, also had a duets in the closing song.

Morgan Peterson, junior, said, “Our winter concert went great; a lot of great memories were made. All of which could not have been done without everyone who helped and Mrs. Portnoy for putting it together.” Kimberly Caro, junior said, “This was my first winter show being in Advanced Choir Ensemble, and I could not be any happier. I worked so hard to be a part of it all, and it is really paying off so far, even if I have to continue to keep working just as hard.”  

Overall, the show was well received amongst its audiences and definitely fit the “Spirit of the Season.”

 

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