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