By Emily Hauser and Abby Shaw
Every student, from seventh graders to seniors, who sings in the Jamesville-DeWitt music department has been working on various musical pieces from the “Lion King” for the past few weeks. They are planning on performing them for the Annual Spring Choral Festival. The show will be on Thursday, April 3, in the Osborne Auditorium. The showtimes are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Tickets will be available for pre-sale during all school lunches starting March 31 for $6. They are also available at the door the day of the show.
Elizabeth Quackenbush, one of the directors of the J-DHS Music Department, says that they started rehearsing music pieces in early November. Recently, the Good Time Singers, a middle school select choir, along with Spark, the high school select choir, started learning the choreography. Mrs. Quackenbush explains that the process of picking the theme is always very thought out and takes months. She says they “try to pick something the high school kids and middle school kids will like.” Eric Toyama, the middle school choral director, helped Mrs. Quackenbush select “Lion King” as the theme this year, because it is a well known piece. They tried to make this year’s theme more choral based so that everyone had a chance to be more involved in the overall performance. Even though there will be no costumes, every member of the production will have on a “Spring Choral Festival 2014” t-shirt.
“The festival should be very fun.” says junior Josh Frank, Mufasta. Frank has been rehearsing the songs during chorus along with the other chorale students. “I am very excited to perform. We have spent long hours rehearsing and trying to learn the different songs, especially those who are in Spark, the selected choir,” says sophomore Simon Schmitt.