Conners Emerson students rehearse for their upcoming performance of “A Little Bit Batty.” Students from many Mount Desert Island schools will perform at the district Vocal Jazz and Show Choir Festival at Ellsworth High School Friday. PHOTO COURTESY OF REBECCA EDMONDSON

Show choir districts set

Two high school and four middle school show choir ensembles from the Mount Desert Island school system are set to premiere their work Friday afternoon and evening at the Maine Music Educators Association District VI festival at Ellsworth High School.

The festival is a prelude to the state festival, scheduled for April.

The Conners Emerson/Mount Desert Elementary joint show choir, led by Rebecca Edmondson, will send 22 singers and three instrumentalists to the festival. Their show is called “A Little Bit Batty.”

The students will perform songs from the musical “Bat Out of Hell,” which includes songs from Meat Loaf and Bonnie Tyler.

Soloists are Finn Hansbury, Claire Sanner, Mia Ray, Molly Dillon, Sadie Sullivan, Lily James, Zoe Boland, Harmony Hopkins and Mai Ishimura.

Accompanying music for the vocalists will be played by Jacob Lurvey on upright bass, Emily Losquadro on flute and Edward Choi on drum set.

The Pemetic Elementary show choir is performing selections from the mid-1980s Broadway musical “Chess,” including the song “One Night in Bangkok,” which topped the charts worldwide at the time.

The musical is based on the 1972 “Match of the Century” between Bobby Fischer of the United States and Boris Spassky of the Soviet Union.

“The story details the U.S.-Soviet cold war struggle envisioned through the dynamics and propaganda of an international chess competition,” said Director Ed Michaud.

The Tremont Consolidated School show choir is performing tunes from the musical based on the works of Dr. Seuss, “Seussical, the Musical,” which debuted on Broadway in 2000. Songs include “Oh the Things You Can Think,” “Alone in the Universe,” “The Military” and “The One Feather Tail of Ms. Gertrude McFuzz.” The group is directed by Allison Putnam.

The Trenton Elementary School show choir, dubbed “The Trentones,” will perform songs from “Tuck Everlasting.” The music is by William Ross, from a 2002 film based on the children’s book of the same name by Natalie Babbitt.

Soloists include A.J. Dow, Miles Burr, Lorraine Soper, Kasey Jordan, Makayla Cole, Elena Alderman, Dorothy Durgin, Rayna Gott, Olivia Winger, Olivia Pratt, Cody Henderson, Harley Henderson, Sharyn Lipski, Amber Smith, Logan Closson, McKenzie Hunt-Bankole and Jadelle Longo.

The group is led by music teacher Mary de Koning, who said substitute teachers Stephanie Leonardi and Kate Hall helped prepare the choir for the event during de Koning’s recent maternity leave.

MDI High School has two groups performing at the festival. They are the Trojan Trebs, directed this year by Frank Bachman and Catie Forthofer, and the school’s mixed show choir, directed by Bronwyn Kortge.

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