Step back in time

By on May 7, 2014

WHS show will feature sounds of the ‘20s-’40s

This Mother’s Day Weekend, Warwick Presents, “The Golden Age of Song… A celebration of music from the 20s, 30s, and 40s”

Celebrate Mother’s Day in style, with great weekend performances from the Warwick High School Vocal Music Department as they present their Spring Choral Concert, “The Golden Age of Song” this Saturday and Sunday. The concert will include numbers by the Warwick High School Concert Choir, Show Choir, Glitter Girls, and the Chamber Singers.

Warwick community and friends are invited and encouraged to share in a special Spring choral production to be presented Saturday, May 10 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 11 at 3 p.m. in the Warwick High School Performing Arts Center.

This season’s production reflects on the golden days of music &tstr; the 1920s, 30s, 40s.

According to Music Director, Mrs. Debra Kline-Smith, the following paragraph sums up the feeling of the time that is included in the music of the show:

“As the twentieth century dawned, Americans were looking toward the future with breathless anticipation. The new century would promise economic growth, technological advancement, new ways of living, new ways of thinking, new fashions, art, literature, music, and entertainment. Who could have imagined the wonders before them: the automobile, the telegraph, railroads, airplanes! The look, the sound, and the taste of America were changing, and with these changes came a world of music!”

The production begins with music from the 1920s. The Show Choir will open with “I Want to Be Happy” “Charleston,” “Ain’t She Sweet,” “Hallelujah,” “Happy Days Are Here Again,” and selections from Thoroughly Modern Millie: “Gimme, Gimmie” and “Not for the Life of Me.”

Next on the program is music from the Chamber Singers: “Sure On This Shining Night” and “Gloria.” The Concert Choir continues with, “Set Me As A Seal” and “Homeland,” and a solo of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”

Next comes music from 1930s, featuring songs such as “Brother, Can You Spare a Dime,” “Up a Lazy River,” “It’s Only a Paper Moon,” “Stompin’ at the Savory,” and “Jeepers Creepers,” to name a few.

The next group of songs comes from the 1940s and features: “Jumpin’ at the Woodside,” “Jersey Bounce,” “On the Atchinson, Topeka, and the Sante Fe,” “Chattanooga Choo Choo,” “Pennsylvania 6-5000,” and Tuxedo Junction,” performed by members of the Show Choir, as well as several solos.

The final portion of the performance, begins with a Medley from the musical, Crazy for You, and includes: “K-ra-zy For You,” “Bidin’ My Time,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” “Embraceable You,” “I Got Rhythm,” “The Real American Folk Song (is a Rag),” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” “But Not For Me,” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”

The show closes with the Concert Choir, “That’s the Glory of Love,” and the Senior Tribute of, “Wind Beneath My Wings.”

Featured are: Soloists &tstr; Samson Cassel Nucci, Becca Goebel, Emily Evans, Savannah Myers, Andre Cedeno, Sean Guinter, Kayla Brooks, Bailey and Ally Fulginiti, Erik Homberger, Matthew Hehnly, Kelly Striker, Mary Lynn Greger, Deanna Preziosi, and Sharon Christner. Accompanists &tstr; J.J. Vulopas, Mark Myers, and Michale Needelman. Narrators &tstr; Samson Cassel Nucci, Becca Goebel, Emily Zimmerman, and J.J. Vulopas.

Doors will open one hour prior to each of the shows. These performances do not require tickets. There is no cost for admission, although goodwill donations will be accepted.

The Warwick High School Show Choir is pulling out all the stops for “The Golden Age of Song” ... A celebration of music from the 20s, 30s and 40s. There will be performances on May 10 and 11 at the high school.

The Warwick High School Show Choir is pulling out all the stops for “The Golden Age of Song” … A celebration of music from the 20s, 30s and 40s. There will be performances on May 10 and 11 at the high school.

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