Sunday, March 20, 2011

WHS: "Showtime" I--Intermediate Women's Division

                    Dear all:

                           Being my rather late arrival to what I thought would be an over tickted preformance, my apologies to Walnut's "Rahpsody in Blue", Woodbridges "Encore", and Pacifica's "Pearls". Referance to their sets can be made via the previous post (of the program and placing).

                                The 5th Choir of the evening "Tartan Silhouettes" left me and my "crew" in the lobby via the Theater feed (and my Kudos to my dear Friend Sue Lewis who so wittingly posted the sign "not a V and S DVD feed" below the TV screen, right on!!!). Naturally with such improvment (mainly of the auctual preformance in itsself) with the same selections of last week. "Im a Star" by Cracauer,  "Look to the Rainbow" by Althouse, and "It Might as well be Spring" by Shaw. Other selections include "This little light of mine" by Hayes, the specially arranged accapella Ballad by Hayes/Trevor "Heart we will forget him", and finally "If my Friends could see me now" by Huff.

                                Brea Olinda High School's "Tiffany's" were certainly here to "guide you" in thier traditional "Tiffany's Theme". Then their next 3 selections finds quite appropriate concerning the weather of that weekend. The 2nd being "Singin' in the rain", the 3rd "Soon its Gonna Rain" and their 4th "Don't rain on my Parade" from the Musical "Funny Girl". Their second ballad "My First Love" (with "Soon its Gonna Rain" being the first) takes the stage, as they end with "Too Darn Hot".

                                The next Choir was Esperanza High School's "Vivance" which presented an interesting Car/Rt.66 Theme last time we met at Brea the week before. The First song, a ballad, was "Sentimental Journey" by Fenton, the next two selections being "Get Outta my Dreams/Freeway of Love" and "Shut up and Drive/Don't stop me now" both by Taylor. The next ballad was the Rascall Flatts's "God Bless the Broken Road" also by Taylor, with "Drive My Car" and "Life is a Highway" following. With the last two songs being "Born to be Wild" and "Rockin' Down the Highway", all of course by....Taylor.

                                The Final Choir of the evening was Mark Keppel High School's "Women's Choir", directed by Tony Azeltine and Choreographed by Kanatinia Ballard. Both Mark Keppel HS Choirs have shown great improvement this year!!!!!

                                                        -Justin Rodger

WHS: "Showtime" I--Intermediate Women's Division-Program and Placing

                          Women's Division

Host "Rhapsody in blue"

         Not until one of their own competitions people!!

Woodbridge HS "Encore"
Director: Rob Blaney
Choreographers: Kari Bastillio & Courtney Ozovek

Fame---Blaney/Lady Gaga
Fighter---Blaney/Christina Aguilera
Sweet Disposition---Blaney/The Temper Trap
Living on a Prayer/ What the World Needs Now---Blaney/Bon Jovi/Vandross
Ever Ever After---Blaney/Carrie Underwood

Pacifica HS "Pearls"
Director: David Joseph
Choreography: Cynthia Kastner

I Wanna Dance With Somebody---Jones
Just Dance---Abrahamson
Last Dance---Jones

Glendora HS "Tartan Sihouettes"
Director: Dr.Brian Trevor
Chorographers: Angela Vamos and Stephanie Lizzarraga

I'm a Star---Cracauer
Look to the Rainbow---Althouse
It Might as well be Spring---Shaw
This Little Light of Mine---Hayes
Heart, we will forget Him---Farnell
If my Friends could see me now---Huff

Brea Olinda HS "Tiffany's"
Director: Dave Willert
Choreographer: Doug Khul

Tiffany's Theme---Willert
Singin' in the Rain---Willert
Soon its Gonna Rain/Don't Rain on my Parade---Wetzel/Billingsley
My First Love---Willert
Too Darn Hot---Willert

Esperanza HS "Vivance"
Director: Michael Fenton
Choreographer: Aimee Mauzey

Sentimental Journey---Fenton
Get Outta My Dreas/Freeway of Love---Taylor
Shut up and Drive/Don't stop me now---Taylor
Bless the Broken Road/Don't Stop me now---Taylor
Born to be Wild/Rockin' Down the highway---Taylor

Mark Keppel HS's "Women's Choir"
Director: Tony Azeltine
Choreographer: Kanatinia Ballard



1st Place-Pacifica HS "Vivance"
2nd Place-Brea Olinda HS "Tiffany's"
3rd Place-Glendora HS "Tartan Silhouettes"


Saturday, March 19, 2011

BOHS: 2011 "California Classic" Advanced Women's Division

                  Dear all:

                           The evening of Febuary 19th 2011, found us again at the Brea Olinda High School Preforming Arts Center (which btw will hold a highly recommend production of "Beauty and the Beast", but more about that later). Further I would like to officially dismiss any continuing rumor of myself sneaking backstage to spy, So.Cal Show Choir Blog remains officially impartial to any choir.

                              "Once upon a time" appropriatly sets the stage for this Princess theme  in thier opener "To be a Princess" from the Princess Barbie Movie "The Princess and the Pauper", with a ballad of similar Ambiance. Amoung the various other selections with their ending, an upbeat version of "Someday my Prince will come" from Disney's Snow White. All of such with the interesting costumage of real hoop-skirts and corset, all the same for the choreography and vocals. From Bonita Vista High School's "Sound Unlimited" directed by Roxanne Ronacher and Bobbi Adams.

                               Diamond Bar HS's opener "Let's get Loud" and 2nd "Hot Hot Hot" are conducive of life in Rio De Janero. Then Suddenly we find ourselvs in Texas in their 3rd "Turn on the radio". The location becoming more apparent in their ballad "Fields of Gold" truly a reminder of Diamond Bar's Specialty in accapella, (others examples of this would be Marquis's accapella ballad "Imagine" from the 2009 year). With particular praise of the Alto section.  Then we are reminded of "Life in America" in their closer.

                             The 3rd choir of the evening was Arcadia High School's "New Spirit" opening with a special arr. of "Not for the Life of me" from the Musical "Throughly Modern Mille", and their rather hilarious and enjoyable 2nd "Paris Original" from the Musical "How to succed in business without really trying" with a rather clever use of Costume change and Propery. The next two songs with the beautiful ballad "Someone else's story" and the last song "I'm almost there" from the recent Disney movie "The Princess and the Frog".

                             "Im a Star" appropriatly starts the set for the 2011 Tartan Silhouettes as they "Look to the Rainbow" in thier ballad from the Musical "Finnians Rainbow" (which I might add, made its recent return to Broadway in the Revival Cast of the name musical).   The next song being "It might as well be spring" from the Rodgers and Hammerstien Musical "State Fair". Then the girls let their lights Shine in "This Little light of mine" with thier timely ballad "Heart we will forget him" with some special musical variation arranged by their director. Then they close with the powerful "If my Friends could see me now" from the Musical "Sweet Charity". 

                           The Final Choir of the evening, and of the entire weeked was Los Alamitos HS's "SoundTrax", as they begin as happy 1950-60's house wives with "Happy Working Song" from the hilarious Disney Movie "Enchanted" (with Idina Menzel---yes THEE Idina Menzel). Next up comes thier Ballad "Somewhere That's Green" from the Musical "Little Shop of Horrors".  Then all in worry and despair, they come as a "Damsel in Distress". At this point, they are tired of being left alone waiting for that special guy, in the song "So What"  and coming to thier compleate realization, they end with "Independant Women".

                            Plenty of Pictures and videos are up!

                                         -Justin Rodger


Sunday, February 27, 2011

Brea Olinda California Classic: Advanced Women's Program

           Dear all:

                   The Following is the Program from the Brea Olinda High School: "California Classic" Show Choir Competition-Advanced Women's Division.

                          As always:
                                   -Justin Rodger

Advanced Women-7:30pm

Bonita Vista HS: Sound Unlimited
Director: Roxanne Ronacher
Choreography Bobbi Adams

To Be a Princess-Hearne
Once Upon A Time-Heare
That's how you know-Hearne
Some Day my Prince will come-Hearne

Diamond Bar HS: Solitare
Director: Patty Breitag
Choreographer: Aimee Mauzy

Let's Get Loud-Cheng
Hot Hot Hot-Cheng
Turn on the Radio-Cheng
Fields of Gold-Sharon
Living in America-Cheng

Arcadia HS: New Spirit
Director: Rick England
Choreographer: Veronica Ramos

Not for the Life of me-Tesori
Paris original-Loesser
Someone Else's Story-Anderson & Ulvaeus
I'm Almost There-Newman

Glendora HS: Tartan Silhouettes
Director: Dr.Brian Trevor
Choreographers: Angela Vamos & Stephanie Lizarraga

Im a Star-Cracuer
Look to the Rainbow-Althouse
It Might as well be Spring-Shaw
This Little Light of Mine/Heart we will forget him-Hayes/Farnell
If my Friends could see me now-Huff

Los Alamitos HS: Soundtrax
Director: David Mollenkamp
Choreographer: Heather Hoppus/April James

Happy Working Song-Blair
Somewhere That's Green-Blair
Damsel In Distress-Blair
So What-Blair
Independent Women-Blair

Host Group:
Brea Olinda HS: Spellbound
               Not until Competition!!!


Saturday, February 26, 2011

Brea Olinda California Classic: Intermediate Womens & and Placeing

            Dear all:

                    Well what fun we did have that day of Saturday the 19th, with a number of groups throughout the entire weekend just starting to compeate, and some who have already been through the ringer.

                  Walnut HS: "Rhapsody in Blue" (See previous blog)

                       To all of the Dear Walnut people, I arrived just halfway through the, what I'm sure was the outstanding preformance of your set, but I am sooo sorry I didn't get to see you, but I hope to soon!

                     Serrano HS "Bedazzled"
                     Director: Tamara Cox
                     Choreography: Brenda Castillo

                                The opening leavs us in a time, probably the 40's, with the effects of the Harsh reality of War and America's favorite pass time--Baseball. Leaving American's with the great burden of how to fill this new void in American Life, in the song "When you're gone" and "Flagmaker/Over There". Leaving this sport to back Alleys, but no the kiddies are at home, then who could it be? Women!!! In the songs "What a Game/Take me out to the ball game". Then the Women decide to create "A League of their own" in this next tune familiar to fans of the title movie called "All American Girls" (the theme for the AAGPBL) but choosing to forfit thier old fashioned ways in the song "I don't Dance". Then to what joy are we found when the men return safetly from War in thte 80's familiar "The Boys are Back in Town".

                                 Esperanz HS: "Vivance"
                                 Director: Micheal Fenton
                                  Choreography: Aime Mauzy

                                             Esperanza's theme was particularlly appropriate for the California Rt.66 sort of theme for this competition weekend. With a particular use of Prop's and Costume Changes, and an especilly  interesting choreography, mostly particular to the speific harmony parts (SSA), which serves very much as that important musical advantage important to the Show Choir World. They opened up interestingly still with the ballad "Sentimental Journey", going into the rather peppy and exciting "Gettout of my dreams" followed by "Freeway of Love". Our next two selections included "Shut up and Drive" and "Don't stop me now". Then interestingly still we find ourselvs into a quartet of songs consisting of "Bless the Broken Road/Drive my Car" followed by "Born to be Wild/Life is a highway".

                                        Los Alamitos HS: Axcent
                                        Director: David Moellenkamp
                                        Choreographer: Heather Hoppus

                                        Just with the opening of the curtain do we see a great strength an advanatge to the Show Choir World, Size!, The Bigger the better as they say. "Axcent" Opens up with the Song "One Night Only", by Pop-star Jennifer Hudson. Then we enter into the strong and powerful medly of "Family/Ill be There", going into the very powerful solo "I am telling you". Next we see the rather strong and effective costume change conducive to a western theme "Cowboy Cassanova", and ending the set with "We like it loud"

                                         Host Group:
                                          BOHS: Tiffany's
                                          Director: Dave Willert
                                          Choreographer: Doug Khul
                                                      Not until Competition people!!! (Don't ya just love but hate thease suprises).


                          4th Place: Serrano High School "Bedazzled"
                          3rd Place: Esperanza "Vivance"
                           Musicianship: Walnut High School "Rhapsody in Blue"
                           Showmanship: Los Alamitos "Axcent"
                            2nd Place: Walnut High School "Rhapsody in Blue"
                            1st Place: Los Alamitos "Axcent".

YouTube Videos:

                                      As always:
                                            -Justin Rodger


Friday, February 25, 2011

BOHS "California Classic" Inter. Women's Show Choir Competition Program

Intermediate Women 4:00pm

Walnut-Rhapsody in Blue
Director: Liza Lopez
Choreographer: Tami Flemming & Jacob Harb

Brand New Day/Ease on Down the Road-Watkins
Keep Holding On-Andrew Davis & Huff
That Loneosme Road-Henson
Defying Gravity-Emerson
Don't rain on my Parade-Strommen
Director: Micheal Fenton
Choreographer: Aimee Mauzey

Sentimental Journey-Fenton
Get Outta my Dreams/Freeway of Love-Taylor
Shut Up and Drive/Don't Stop me Now-Taylor
Bless the Broken Road/Drive My Car/Life is a Highway-Taylor
Born to be Wild/Rockin' down the Highway-Taylor

Los  Alamitos-Axcent
Director: David Mollenkamp
Choreographer: Heather Hoppus

One Night Only-Blair
Family/I'll be There-Blair
I am telling You-Blair
Cowboy Casanova-Blair
We like it Loud-Blair

Director: Tamara Cox
Choreographer: Brenda Castillo

When You're gone-Short
Flagmaker/Over There-Short
What a Game/Take me out to the ball game-Chandler/Short
All American Girls/I don't dance-Chandler/Short
Boys are Back in Town-Chandler

Host Group
Brea Olinda-Tiffany's
Director: Dave Willert
Choreographer: Doug Khul

Tiffany's Theme-Willert
Singin' in the Rain-Willert
Soon It's Gonna Rain/Don't Rain on my Parade-Willert/Billingsley
My First Love-Willert
Too Darn Hot-Huff

YouTube Videos:

Friday, February 18, 2011

Diamond Bar Spectacular 2011 Results

                  Dear all:

                           Well I would first like to apologize for my absence of Posts due to recent computer trouble I just simply work my way around. Now without further delay, the 2011 Diamond Bar ***Spectacular***

‎5th Place-Serrano High School "Vocal Point"
4th Place-Bonita Vista High School "Music Machine"
3rd Place-Carlsbad High School "Sound Express"
Plaques: Musician Ship: Hart High School "Sound Vibs"
Showman Ship: Brea Olinda High School "Masquerade"
...2nd Place-Hart High School "Sound Machine"
1st Place-Brea Olinda High School "Masquerade"
Video of Hart and Masquerade Winning!!!:
And Lots More Videos from Spectacular 2011!!
                                                Congrats to all the Choirs who all worked and pressed so hard, and now off to see the Girls at Brea and Walnut Valley!!
                                As always:
                                        -Justin Rodger