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Performing Their Way Through the Holidays

Words: Ashley Berry

The Centennial High School Winter Spectacular is performed on Dec. 4 and 5 at 7:00 p.m. People of the Centennial High School community come to the school’s auditorium to watch the junior and senior dance companies, the musical theater, the jazz band, the orchestra, and the Madrigals perform holiday themed pieces.

The Winter Spectacular is an annual school production that puts people in the spirit of the holidays and shows off the talent of the school’s students. Performers from all groups participating in the Winter Spectacular are working hard to make their performances the best they can be.

The junior and senior dance companies started preparing for the event at the end of September. Melissa Nussbaum, a sophomore at Centennial High School and a dancer in the Senior Dance Company, said, “The junior and senior dance companies put in so much work to make the show amazing. We rehearse non-stop in class and after school.”

Nussbaum added, “The other dancers and I are practicing to perfect every dance number. We are also trying on all of our costumes to ensure that they fit.”

Rebecca Clark, the dance teacher at Centennial High School, feels as though the dancers will be very well prepared for the show and said, “I have a really talented group that truly enjoys performing. Together, we’re going to do what we can to be prepared and give the audience the best show we can.”

Musical theater is also working hard to prepare for the event and started working in October. Kathryn Carlsen, the musical theater teacher, said, “We have student choreographers that have been working with the class tirelessly to create some fun winter numbers.” She thinks, “They will be well prepared for their performance as they have been working on it for two months.  The show will be SPECTACULAR!”

Over 100 students are eager to perform for the holidays. Carlsen said, “The CHS Fine Arts department is the best in the county. I am constantly in awe of the student talent that we have here.”

Tickets to see the show are sold for $10.00. All profits made from ticket sales go to Centennial High School’s theater, dance, and music departments. Attending the Winter Spectacular is a way to support the high school and watch a holiday production. Carlsen hopes “to have 400 people in attendance each day,” at the Winter Spectacular.

Nussbaum asked for people to “Please come and support Centennial’s dance, theater, and music departments; it’s the perfect way to enjoy your holidays.”

Clark also wishes for everyone to come and see the show. She said, “The collaboration between the programs is outstanding and something that I look forward to each year.”

 

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The Spectacular Winter Spectacular

Article: Paul Didwall

Photos: Caitlin Martin

Ellicott City, MD – If The Winter Spectacular were a movie, and you were to watch a trailer for it, quotes would sequentially appear on the screen with sayings such as, “10 out of 10,” “Five Stars,” “Centennial Amazes Again,” “There is a reason it is called The Winter SPECTACULAR.” The annual Centennial High School event was held on November 29 and 30 this year, at 7:00 PM in the CHS auditorium. Tickets were $10 a piece and could be purchased at the door or in advance.

Prior to the 7:00 start time, the Madrigals sang the audience in to the room with songs from their repertoire. The show then started off with Santa’s journey to CHS, featuring a comical video of him driving in to the Centennial parking lot blaring holiday music, and then running in to the school getting each performing group ready for the show. Santa, played by Benjamin Evans, and two of his reindeer, Jillian Loeffler and Sarika Reddy, got the performances stared by welcoming the entire cast on stage to perform There’s No Business Like SNOW Business! Santa and his reindeer continued to keep the audience entertained throughout the night with the story of their trip around the globe.

Madrigals then took to the stage to perform Deck the Halls!, and returned at various intervals to wow the audience with more holiday tunes. The Centennial Dance Academy – an after school program for younger dances that was introduced last year – was the second group to take the stage and had a considerable number of performances throughout the night. Each Musical Theater performance was very enthusiastic and well put-together, making it easy to enjoy.

Junior and Senior Dance companies wowed the audience on many occasions including a detailed group performance of The Nutcracker Suite, featuring a solo by senior Madison Croxson. After a few more dances, a phenomenal iteration of Sleigh Ride was performed by the Strings. The show continued on with more dances, musical theater performances, and singing from the Madrigals, as well as more details of the story being told by Santa and the Reindeer.

By this point of The Winter Spectacular, it was time for Jazz Band to take the stage. The Jazz band performed Santa Claus is Coming to Town and Have yourself a Merry Little Christmas, with flawless vocal accompaniment by Anne Marie Demme. Strings played another great song between the execution of the two Jazz band songs. After the various performances by the various performing arts groups, the entire cast was again brought back in to the auditorium to collectively perform Feliz Navidad. The Band provided the instrumental music, Madrigals and Music Theater sang the lyrics, and dancers filled the auditorium aisles to dance and pass out festive candy canes. The Jazz Band then returned to play the crowd out of the auditorium, with a drum solo from Kevin Lehr.

The night should be considered a success by all involved. Congratulations to the cast and crew of The 2012 Winter Spectacular on a fantastic job.

If you missed the chance to visit this event on Thursday, I would urge you to attend tonight’s (11/30/12) performance at 7:00 PM in the CHS auditorium.