Whew what an amazing ride!
If interested, check out our Concert Slide show. I used this in place of all talking/introducing of the numbers. It was such a sweet process! I loved not having to talk:), not having to write a script, that my stage crew put it together using Google Slides. It was a great first effort for producing a sweet concert.
The students stepped up and showed the audience what they had learned, practiced and perfected. I was so impressed with their drive and endurance. It was hard doing something so different from what they were used to. Usually, we just have them stand in sections on seven connected risers with very little movement albeit animation in the face. This time, it was all get out! They not only did a variety of choreography, they did it while NOT being in their sections.
As I’ve mentioned before, our auditorium scenario makes it necessary to have two concerts. So, our first concert was the beginning choirs and they were just awesome! Of course, there were little mistakes. No concert goes without them. What makes it awesome is working through them and making the overall picture an amazing experience for the audience.
The second concert was the Intermediate and Advanced choirs. Boy did they step it up! Their effort was miraculous and just so impressive. No matter what was thrown at them, they made it through with flying colors.
I also think I’ve said this before, but the students have asked me repeatedly to sing for them or with them. Tonight, I sang with the advanced group.
We sang Seasons of Love from Rent. This song means a lot to me. I have a lot of friends that I have lost over the years and whether you like the musical itself or not doesn’t really matter. The text that is within this piece should give everyone pause. The question of “How do you measure the life of a woman or a man?” is something we should all ask when deciding how we treat each other.
The students in this particular group have really come to understand what it means to be a family, what it means to treat each other with respect and dignity, and what it means to protect others. Why wouldn’t I sing this song with them?
As we started the song with a complete blackout and spotlight, and gradually added colored light as students joined me on stage, the joy of singing with my students was something I had never experienced before. Their smiles, their excitement and their obvious joy was contagious and wonderful. I hope someday to be able to have the privilege of doing it again!
Then they did something I never expected. They wouldn’t just let me say thank you to the audience for coming and enjoying the show, they took the mic. These wonderful students shared their thoughts with the audience about how they felt about the class, the year and even me. They presented me with two bouquets of flowers, candy, a candy poster and even my favorite soda (DP) signed by all of the students.
No one could ask for anything more!