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Winter Spectacular

Words: Mehnaz Ashraf

Centennial High School held their annual Winter Spectacular during on Thursday, December 1 and Friday, December 2. The music and arts groups, led by Mrs.Clark, produced a riveting show for the community.

The show featured the Madrigals, Senior Dance Company, Junior Dance Company, Color Guard, Jazz Band, Orchestra, and Musical Theatre.

The show started out with the entire cast performing “Snow Business,” a crowd favorite. It continued on with the Junior Dance Company performing their dances before moving on to a more modern hip-hop style dance. The Madrigals appeared on stage in their Rennasissance attire and performed their popular songs such as “Ding-a-Ding-a-Ding.”

Color Guard then performed “Happiest Christmas Tree.” Both Junior and Senior Dance Companies also came out and performed some of their popular songs such as “Hot Choclate,” “The Nutcracker,” “Marshmallow World,” “Rockin Around the Christmas Tree,” and “Jingle Bells.”

The show ended with the entire cast coming together to sing “Feliz Navidad,” another crowd-favorite, under the conducting of band director David Matchim. It was a full house for both of the shows.

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Winter Spectacular

Words: Diana Cagas

Photos: Izzie Chausse and Hunter Hall

On the evenings of December 3 and 4, Centennial’s music and art groups performed their annual Winter Spectacular. With both shows starting at 7 pm, the full ensemble transformed the school auditorium into a winter wonderland.

The Winter Spectacular involved various fine arts groups showcasing their musical talents. The show featured performances from Madrigals, the orchestra, Musical Theatre, Drill Team, Junior and Senior Dance Company, Color Guard, and Jazz Band.

The fun-filled show started with all performing groups singing the crowd favorite “Snow Business.” After the song, the stage lights dimmed down and the Madrigals appeared on stage in their Renaissance attire, performing “Deck the Halls.” Other songs they performed were “Here We Come a-Caroling,” “Carol, Singers Carol,” and “Ding-a-Ding-a-Ding”.

After the Madrigals’ first number, members from the orchestra tuned their instruments to “Sleigh Ride”. While singing on stage, Musical Theatre also danced to “Winter Wonderland,” “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” and “Here Comes Santa Claus.”

Aside from singing, both Junior and Senior Dance Company took the stage as they danced to songs such as “Frosty the Snowman,” “Mele Kalikimaka,” “Snow,” and “The Nutcracker Suite”.

Color Guard twirled their flags to “Somewhere in My Memory” from the family Christmas movie, Home Alone. Under the conducting of band director David Matchim, Jazz Band played “Feliz Navidad” and they were joined by all performing groups as they danced and sang, closing the night.

The show was filled with an audience packed from the front of the auditorium to the back. The Winter Spectacular was also performed for 8th graders from different middle schools during the school day on December 4. It truly was a spectacular show.

If you missed the opportunity to watch the Winter Spectacular, there are always more chances to see it in following years!

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Winter Spectacular Wows Audiences Once Again

 Photos: Martha Hutzell and Shalini Malhotra

Words: Meghan Moore

On Dec. 4 and 5, Centennial hosted its annual Winter Spectacular in the auditorium from 7:00 to 9:00.

The Winter Spectacular is a showcase of the fine arts department. The two hour long show is full of amazing performances by Centennial’s most talented. The Winter Spectacular featured Madrigals, Color Guard, Musical Theatre, Drill Team, Junior and Senior Dance Company, orchestra, and Jazz Band.
The show was full of amazing choreographed dances, beautiful musical solos, and overall enthusiasm by everyone who was involved. The Dance team choreographed a number to “Let It Go” as well as other winter classics, and the Madrigals performed classic holiday songs such as “Ding a Ding a Ding,” “Bagels and Biscuits,” “Deck the Halls in 7⁄8,” and “Jingle Bells.”

The show had a few bumps in the road, but all performances do. Overall, it was an amazing show and the passion of the performers really came through. If you didn’t get the chance to go this year, make sure to check it out next year! It gets better each year!

 

Jingle Bell Banquet Welcomed the Holiday Spirit

Words: Amanda Ali

Over many years at Centennial High School, the SGA has hosted an event called the Jingle Bell Banquet. This year, the annual service event was held on Dec. 4 in the school’s cafeteria.

The SGA invited senior citizens living in senior homes in the community to have a holiday meal and of course, dessert. They then treated these seniors with the first showing of the Winter Spectacular, as well as a decorated scarf for each of them. Not only does the SGA have to check scheduling conflicts and budget their money, but they also have to work with local bus companies in order to provide the seniors with transportation.

The Fine Arts Department is greatly involved in the banquet when it comes to giving the seniors discounts on admission to the Winter Spectacular, and the SGA invites Centennial performance groups to put on a show during the feast. This year, Centennial’s Drill Team was asked to put on a holiday number, and danced to “Jingle Bell Rock” for the seniors.

The SGA dedicates much of their time into running this event, but they enjoy every moment of it. Senior SGA Vice President Julia Zhen stated, “This was my fourth consecutive year volunteering for [this event]. It’s definitely up there as one of SGA’s favorite events we do all year because we get to directly help out our community during the holiday season.”

“Lots of our guests this year remember the Jingle Bell Banquet from year’s past, and they love the Winter Spectacular!” said Zhen. “It really just helps to cultivate a great reputation for Centennial.”

Zhen and the rest of the SGA achieved their goal in making this banquet a success yet again, and Centennial cannot wait to see what other events they plan throughout the year!

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.