Show choirs offer blizzard of talent



Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School’s show choir will perform the magical music of “Xanadu” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at Ellsworth High School. The show choir is directed by Will Stephenson while choreographers are Ed Venzura and Anna Kreitzer.  PHOTO BY NAN LINCOLN

Ellsworth Elementary-Middle School’s show choir will perform the magical music of “Xanadu” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 27, at Ellsworth High School. The show choir is directed by Will Stephenson while choreographers are Ed Venzura and Anna Kreitzer.
PHOTO BY NAN LINCOLN

Another “blizzard” is headed our way this weekend, but this is one we should all enjoy. It will be a veritable tempest of talent which will descend upon Ellsworth High School Friday, Feb. 27, burying us all deep in song, dance and glitter.

A dozen area high school and middle school choirs will be performing at this district level competition hoping to receive a 1 or 2 rating from the judges, to allow them to move on to the state competition in March.

The performances will begin at 1:30 p.m. and continue every half hour or so though 7:45 p.m. with a brief dinner break at 4:30 p.m.

Of course, everyone is eager to see what Mount Desert Island High School’s Bronwyn Kortge will come up following their epic win last year with “The Armed Man.” This time, the choir will be going up against “The Machine” with an unusual (of course) mix of Pink Floyd, Metallica, Styx and other more contemporary rock tunes.

The MDI High Freshman choir, the Trojan Trebles, with Mary deKonig, is reportedly working on tunes by Australian pop sensation Lorde.

After not making the final cut last year, Ellsworth High’s Jasmine and Rebecca Wright will be striving for redemption with a medley of Kander and Ebb tunes.

Also hoping for a little redemption is the combined Conners Emerson and Mount Desert Elementary schools Showstoppers. Director Rebecca Edmondson is taking the “Wizard of Oz” back to Frank Baum’s original Irish origins, combining the beloved Harold Arlen tunes with traditional Celtic songs and dance.

The Pemetic School’s Ed Michaud, with some pooled student talent to help with choreography, is reprising the school’s first ever performance of the “Lion King,” which launched their choir 11 years ago. Last fall, the choir members took a trip to Boston to see the actual Broadway show, and Michaud said they have been inspired.

DeKonig, who helped Pemetic school earn a second place in the finals last year, is hoping to work her magic on the Trenton School choir, which will be performing the most contemporary and perhaps age-appropriate show of the day with music from “Matilda.”

Will Stephens, with student choreographers Ed Venzura and Anna Kreitzer at the Ellsworth Middle School, should be creating a nostalgic moment when their choir performs the magical music of “Xanadu.”

The Peninsula School, doing a medley of Disney Tunes, will start off the afternoon of fun with one of three productions directed by the seemingly indefatigable Lisa Blanchette. Blanchette is also working with students from Mountain View on their debut performance of Motown tunes, and with students from Sumner High School, which has taken on the challenging Sondheim show “Into the Woods.”

Schedule

1:30 p.m. Penninsula School – Motown

2:00 p.m. Pemetic – Lion King

2:30 p.m. C&ES/ MDES – Wizard of the Emerald Isles

3:00 p.m. Trenton School – Matilda

3:30 p.m. Ellsworth Middle School – Xanadu

4:00 p.m. Mountainview – Disney tunes

5:45 p.m. EHS Jazz Choir

6:15 p.m. MDIHS Trebles – Lorde tunes

6:45 p.m. Sumner High – Into the Woods

7:15 p.m. MDIHS – Song Medley

7:45 p.m. EHS – Kander and Ebb Medley

 

Nan Lincoln

Nan Lincoln

The former arts editor at the Bar Harbor Times writes reviews and feature stories for The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander.

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