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30 Years of Music and Magic: A Choral Review

Andy Buscemi

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Another year, another successful spring choir concert under the belts of members of both Concert and Honors Choir, Variations, and some cast members of The Little Mermaid. The theme this year for the Spring concert was a mix of theatrical numbers to honor the past 30 consecutive musicals performed at Highlands.

 

The concert began with a combined number from Annie Get Your Gun, because after all, There’s No Business Like Show Business! Variations danced around with the combined choir behind them to show the true spirit of theater and music. Next, Variations performed the theme from New York New York as a tribute to their trip to the Big Apple a few weeks prior. A slideshow was presented which displayed photos of their big city experience.

 

The Honors Choir took the audience back a few years with “You’ll be In My Heart” from Tarzan. They also performed two a capella songs; one from West Side Story, and the other from The Wizard Of Oz. The choir ended their portion of the concert with a reprised “There Once Was A Man” from The Pajama Game, but this time, without Dr. Price.

 

Concert choir performed “Anything Goes” first, followed by an upbeat selection from The Music Man. “Seventy-Six Trombones” had the choir up off the risers and marching along the stage. It also featured a short dance break by a few featured dancers from the cast of The Little Mermaid.

 

Honors Choir and Concert Choir combined to perform four separate medleys from four past shows complete with choreography and selected soloists. Songs were featured from Bye Bye Birdie, Grease, Shrek the Musical and High School Musical. Afterwards Variations took the stage with the upbeat classic “Footloose” and 80’s jam “It’s Your Wedding Day” from The Wedding Singer.

 

As the night drew to a close, it was time for the seniors to be recognized. Although Wicked was never performed at Highlands, the song “For Good” was the most fitting song to leave the class of 2017 with. After taking their group solo at the beginning, the seniors each made their way down off the stage to give a flower to their parents as a way to say thank you. The emotional song was made even more so with a slideshow of pictures of them as a children, and as (almost) adults.

 

The concert ended on a happy note, though, with one last big number. The cast of the spring musical, The Little Mermaid, came out to perform “Under the Sea” for the last time. Though this concert has come to a close, the choral world for the 2016-2017 school year is not over. Honors choir will be singing at Baccalaureate and the Graduation Ceremony. Congratulations to all the seniors as well as those sticking around for another year or more and thank you for sharing the magic of music with the world.

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