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Audience has role in Children’s Choir concert

Audience has role in Children’s Choir concert
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By COLLEEN SPARKS
Managing Editor

The audience will get in the driver’s seat at an unusual concert where children will sing different genres.

The Chandler Children’s Choir will perform the “Choose Your Own Concert Adventure” concert at 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. May 4 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave.

The concert is modeled after the children’s books in which readers decide at certain points in stories what action the main character will take.

Readers’ choices lead to different twists and turns in the plot and audience members’ decisions will prompt the choir to sing different songs in the concert.

“What we’re doing is the audience is going to be the character and we’ll have a voiceover like reading the book,” said Aimee Stewart, artistic director and co-founder of Chandler Children’s Choir.

“I think they’ll be excited to be involved in the story,” she added. “We need their (audience) engagement, we need their input. It’s going to be a very different format.”

The choir will start by singing “When You Wish Upon A Star,” and then the audience’s choices will dictate which songs they perform after that.

The plot will be about a character longing for adventure the night before their birthday. If the audience chooses a particular gift it will lead to a trip to Spain while another choice would lead to Ireland.

For example, the choir will sing a Spanish song if the audience picks Spain and an Irish jig if the public selected Ireland.

“We have folk songs, lots of humorous songs,” Stewart said.

She added that the songs will represent different countries and time periods.

Stewart said the idea for the choose-your-own-concert-adventure theme came from Adam Stich, director of choral music at Scottsdale Community College, which performed with that audience engagement for its choir and orchestra.

“I thought that would be so fun for a children’s choir to try,” she said.

Chandler Children’s Choir is partnering with JesterZ Improv Comedy in Mesa for the concert. JesterZ director Jef Rawls will be the narrator and guide during the show.

The concert will have four possible endings. depending on the choices the audience makes. All the different choirs within Chandler Children’s Choir will perform.

They will all sing together in some numbers while other songs will be performed by smaller groups.

The children and teens in the choir range from ages 6 to 16, with the youngest in the Prelude Choir and the oldest, most advanced in the Cantus Choir.

About 160 youths will perform in the concert.

Since the concert is on May 4, which is “Star Wars” Day – a takeoff of “May the Fourth Be with You” – recorded music from the popular movies will be played while the audience is voting on which action to take next. Audience members will vote on their cell phones.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, not including fees. The show is recommended for children ages 5 and older.

As the Chandler Children’s Choir prepares for the concert, other fun surprises are in store for budding singers later in the summer.

The choir’s 2019 summer camp, with the theme “Showtime: Music Video Edition!” will be 9 a.m.-3 p.m. June 17-21 at Compass Christian Church, 1825 S. Alma School Road, Chandler.

All levels of singers, ages 6 to 16, can participate and create a music video. The students will record the song in a studio at Grand Canyon University in Phoenix. The cost is $225 for the week.

Lindsey Wilkerson will choreograph the dance moves the students will perform in the music video.

“It’s so fun,” Stewart said. “They love being the star of their own video.”

Tickets for the concert: chandlercenter.org. To learn more about the Chandler Children’s Choir’s summer camp: chandlerchildrenschoir.org.

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