Student vocalists from Mount Desert Island will get their chance to shine Friday at the district vocal jazz festival at Ellsworth High School.
The school is host for the Maine Music Educators Association District VI festival, where vocal groups from six high schools and six middle schools are scheduled to perform. The festival is a prelude to the state festival, scheduled for April.
Three middle schools from the MDI school system are performing.
The Conners Emerson Showstoppers, directed by Rebecca Edmondson, is performing selections from the musical “The Marvelous Wonderettes.” The show features pop songs from the 1950s and 1960s, including hits like “It’s My Party,” “Lipstick On Your Collar” and “Sugar, Sugar.” The school is scheduled to perform at 5:25 p.m.
The Pemetic Elementary School show choir is performing songs from the animated film “Rio.” Director Ed Michaud said he has added two songs by Brazilian composer and guitarist Antonio Carlos Jobim in keeping with the South American theme. Pemetic takes the stage at 8:05 p.m.
Trenton Elementary School director Mary de Koning’s show choir is performing songs from the musicals “Annie” and “Newsies,” a show inspired by a strike by newsboys in New York at the end of the 19th century.
“We’re calling it ‘The Annie Newsies Remix,” she said. Songs include “It’s A Hard Knock Life” from “Annie” and “Seize The Day” and “King of New York” from “Newsies. Trenton performs at 6:05 p.m.
Mount Desert Island High School has two groups performing at the festival. The Trojan Trebs, directed by Carl Ferm and Joseph Dupuis, go on at 12:40 p.m. The school’s main show, directed by Bronwyn Kortge, choir performs at 2:40 p.m. Specific information about these group’s performances was not available at press time.
Admission to the festival is $3 for students and seniors, $5 for adults and $15 for a family.