The ushers opened doors at 7:30 in the Costa Mesa High School cafeteria, where the band volunteer students were waiting to show the guests to their tables. The audience consisted of a wide demographic, from children to grandparents and even included teachers such as Mrs. Soldin and Mrs. Lindfors.
When the show was about to begin and the lights dimmed, Mr. Lindfors and Mrs. Gilboe introduced themselves and explained how hard the students worked to give the performance they were about to begin tonight. One by one, the groups began their performances, which not only involved vocals and instruments, but also some choreography, with the Madrigal choir swing dancing and tap dancing. The Madrigal women's show included hats, chairs, and a bit of dancing. The music even encouraged some parents and students to dance during their swing section. The show ended with all the choirs joining together to perform, “Sing, Sing, Sing.”
The cafeteria looked unrecognizable. It felt as if you were walking into a real jazz club. One of my favorite was songs, “Stand by Me,” sung by the concert choir. Madrigal Choir's “Oh, Happy Day,” wowed the audience with the solos and the vocals when they emerged together. However, what I believe stole the show was the high school principal, Mr. Jake Haley with Madrigal Choir and Jazz band, performing “Fly Me to the Moon." Watching the show was extremely enjoyable, showing the different types of opportunities given at Costa Mesa High. It was impressive how much talent the school has and that the choir will be going to New York City to sing. The songs were moving with their religious aspects, touching words of love songs, and funny subjects like the madrigal men's song that talked about a banana split for his baby. The props gave a lot to the show and the band was incredible, equivalent to a professional jazz band. I would love to go again and who knows, I may have witnessed the next Christina Aguilera or Bruno Mars.
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