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Students To Spread Holiday Cheer In Shows

December 5th, 2018 SanTan Sun News
Students To Spread Holiday Cheer In Shows

By Colleen Sparks

Managing Editor

‘Tis the season for students from the littlest kindergartner to the tallest high school senior to shine on stage in dance and musical performances on Chandler campuses.

Concerts where students will sing, play instruments, dance and act as their proud parents and other loved ones watch will be on stages and in multipurpose rooms this month.

Here is a look at some:

Chandler High School will hold several different concerts after producing a dance concert last month at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

The Chandler High School Beginning Intermediate Dance Concert will be performed at 7 p.m. on Dec. 4 and Dec. 6 at Chandler Center for the Arts, 250 N. Arizona Ave. About 90 to 100 students will perform at the two shows. Students are choreographing the pieces, which will include ballet, hip hop, jazz and lyrical styles.

Upper-level Chandler High dance students will do the backstage tech work. The concerts cost $5 each and the revenue helps pay for costumes.

The instrumental groups at Chandler High School will also take the spotlight in concerts at Chandler Center for the Arts. The Orchestra Pops Concert will take place at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the Chandler Center for the Arts.

The Winter Choir Concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Dec. 10 at the Chandler Center for the Arts, and the Winter Band Concert will ring in the season at 7 p.m. on Dec. 12 at Chandler Center for the Arts.

The audience will hear the Jazz I, Jazz II, Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band perform at the Dec. 12 show. They will play some holiday music, as well as marches, swing tunes and concert band songs.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food that will be donated to a food bank but it is not required.

Ryan Elementary School will host a holiday concert at 6 p.m. on Dec. 13 at the school at 4600 S. Bright Angel Way.

The free concert will feature the third-grade Ryan Royals Choir: Intermezzo and the fourth through sixth-grade Ryan Royals Choir. About 90 students will sing holiday music including “Silent Night” in German.

“In a culture where students are inundated with screen time, singing invites students to discover a musical voice that is uniquely their own,” said Monika Beauvais, general music teacher at Ryan Elementary, adding:

“Singing unites those with different backgrounds, different voices, of different ages, to become one voice and enrich other’s lives. Offering choirs in elementary schools is vital to promoting deep equity throughout the community.

“Attendees will enjoy this concert because they will get to witness the culmination of months of hard work by the students and enjoy festive music of the holiday season.”

Seton Catholic Preparatory is also giving students a chance to express their artistic sides this month. The private school will hold its Instrumental Fine Arts Night at 7 p.m. on Dec. 6 at the school, 1150 N. Dobson Road.

About 30 students will perform in the concert band, guitar class, orchestra and possibly pep band. Seton will focus on singing and dance at its Choir & Dance Fine Arts Night at 6 and then 7:30 p.m. Dec. 13 at the school. About 60 students will be featured in this show.

“These performances are enjoyed by the audience and performers because they are the result of a semester’s worth of practice and working together,” said Matthew Frable, Seton fine arts department chairman said. “They really put people in the Christmas spirit.”

Tickets are $2 for students and $5 for adults. People can buy the tickets in the Seton Spirit Shop.

Tarwater Elementary School is celebrating the season with a multicultural performance. The Kindergarten Holiday Performance will feature kindergartners student expressing themselves in the English and Mandarin languages.

It will take place at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13 in the multipurpose room at the school at 2300 S. Gardner Drive. Students will sing songs, perform dances, act and play percussion instruments.

They have learned about geography and different cultures with a focus on unity and inclusion of everyone. Some students will honor in the performance are Chinese New Year, Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa, as well as Hawaii and Mexico.

About 125 students are involved in the show and it is free to attend.

Willis Junior High School is also giving students a chance to show off what they have learned this month. The Willis 7th grade band, choir, orchestra and guitar ensembles will perform their winter concert at 7 p.m. on Dec. 13 in the gym at the school, 401 S. McQueen Road. The concert is free.

Then at 7 p.m. on Dec. 17, the Willis Advanced band, choir and orchestra will be performing their Holiday Concert at the Chandler Center for the Arts. That concert is also free and is on the main stage.

About 150 students will perform in the Dec. 13 concert and about 100 students will take part in the Dec. 17 show. Each group will play or sing some concert-type songs and one or two holiday pieces.

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