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Choir Flashbacks

Words: Diana Cagas

On Wednesday, April 27, Centennial’s choir department performed its last concert for the 2015-2016 school year.

Madrigals, Bella Voce, and Concert Choir performed four concerts throughout the school year.

In October, they performed the annual Pop Concert, where each choir group performed modern-day songs.

At their Winter Concert in December, they entertained an audience full of family members and friends with festive and holiday-themed music.

In March, all the choir students traveled to Howard High School for their adjudication. With all their hard work and effort in preparing their music pieces, all three of Centennial’s choir groups received an overall score of 1.

At their last concert, the choir groups came together to perform three songs, all which were in a different genre of music.

As the school year comes to an end, choir members take a look back at the school year and share their favorite memory from choir class and the concerts.

Junior Tori Green has been in Centennial’s women choir, Bella Voce, for three years.

When asked what her favorite memory from choir class was, Green said, “My favorite memory would be when Mrs. Cummings had a substitute one day, and [we spent the whole class jamming out] to Hannah Montana and High School Musical [songs].”

Green also enjoyed singing a mashup of “I Will Survive” and “Survivor” during Pop Concert, because it allowed the choir to bond for the first time.

As a current member of Madrigals and the student aid for Bella Voce, senior Grace Nardei said one of her favorite memories was during the week of the spring music trip. Although Nardei did not go, she enjoyed staying back with the rest of the students who did not go. “There was this one time where we built a pirate ship out of the chairs and music stands that were in the choir room,” she said. “[We] had a lot of free time to be creative.”

Freshman Maria Tambourakis and sophomore Zoe Schoenfeldt’s favorite memory of choir was saying goodbye to the seniors at the last concert. As the night closed out, junior Miguel Fernandez announced the last “TWO-CLAP” for the end of the year. “[Another favorite] memory is being in choir overall, and the trip was amazing,” said Schoenfeldt.

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The Drowsy Chaperone

Words: Diana Cagas

This weekend was a big moment for Centennial’s theatre program. On March 17-20, the school’s auditorium was illuminated with colorful beams of light and the stage was decorated with amazing set designs as the theatre department performed The Drowsy Chaperone.

Centennial theatre does an excellent job when it comes to engaging an audience with its best quality of work, especially when the cast and crew put in an endless amount of effort to rehearsals.

Not only did the show include live music from some of Centennial’s best musicians, but the musical also featured jaw-dropping choreography.

In the third musical number titled “Cold Feets”, Robert Martin, the male lead played by sophomore Steven Mitchell, sang about having the jitters on his wedding night. Moments later, Mitchell was joined onstage by senior Eddy Choe, who played George, Robert’s best man. Both actors sang and tap danced, but that was not the best part. What seemed to impress the audience was when both Mitchell and Choe started on the left side of the stage and took turns carrying each other in flips until they ended up on the other side. After this moment happened, the auditorium was filled with parents and children saying “Wow!”

It is always a great thing to see the actors having a grand time on stage. Throughout the show, the audience was in awe at how amazing the roles fit each actor.

The Drowsy Chaperone could not have portrayed itself as “a pu-pu platter of tunes” if it weren’t for senior Kevin Costello and junior Jack Goodman’s pastry puns, senior Grace Nardei’s hysterical spit-takes on freshman Colton Smith, junior Minnie Gregorini and sophomore Sydney Grossman’s vexing yet hilarious role as Kitty, junior Maddie Caldis’ fitting personality for playing the drowsy chaperone, sophomore Ethan Kinstler and senior Nina Parekh’s outstanding narration as the Man in Chair, the 50+ background singers as the staff and guests of the wedding, the pit band, the background producers, and of course Kathryn Carlsen, the show’s director.

The musical also featured some first time leads, including Mitchell playing the fiancé of senior Stephanie Crispell’s character, Janet Van De Graaff, and junior Jun Lee portraying his role as Feldzieg.

The show had a total of four productions, and a long-lasting applause was held at opening night on Thursday, March 17. It truly was a wonderful performance by all who contributed in Centennial’s spring musical.

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Centennial Music Program Well Represented

Please congratulate:

The following choir students have been accepted into the Maryland All State Senior Chorus. They will perform in Baltimore in February:

Jack Goodman, Duo Hong, John Hunter, Daniel Kelly, Darrien Yu, Taruna Emani, Juhi Dwivedi, Grace Nardei, Cecilia Hsu, Rachel Jacob

The following students have been accepted into the All Eastern Honors Choir, which is made of students from states across the East Coast. Maryland only makes up 6% of the choir, and 3 of that 6% comes from Centennial. Students received top audition scores in their All State audition and must be a current and past member of the Maryland All State Chorus to be nominated and accepted.

Rachel Jacob, Cecilia Hsu and Daniel Kelly

Information provided by Jessica Cummings

The following 9th grade students have been selected for 2015 Maryland Jr. All State Orchestra!
Jisoo Choi Viola
Peter Ho Cello
Steven Hu Viola
Angela Kou Violin
Nicole Lee Violin
Alice Lin Violin
Nicole Meister Violin
Courtney Tse Violin
The following students were selected to the 2015 All-Eastern Orchestra. These students will be participating in a high caliber orchestra, consisting of the very best student musicians in the Mid-Atlantic region. Kudos to these students and their impressive achievement!
Alice Kuan 11th grade
Hannah Lee 12th grade
Justin Lidard 11th grade
Information provided by Allen Leung