Performers Entertain Crowd

ST. MARYS — The Memorial High School choirs performed in “A Choral Christmas” Monday night to a packed house.

The halls were decked with garlands strung with twinkling lights, and on the edge of the stage sat a colorfully decorated tree. The Peanuts theme song played over the speakers as concert-goers filed in and took their seats.

Starting out the concert was the high school show choir, Glitter N Gold, who opened with “Feliz Navidad,” which they followed with “Last Christmas.” The group’s next song, “Fruitcake,” a comical tune about how to make one, gleamed much laughter and applause from the audience. The last number the show choir presented was “Deck The Rooftop” — a Glee arrangement that included complicated dance moves and props. The group pulled it off without a hitch, and had the crowd clapping along in time to the beat.

Up next was the concert choir, whose performance of a lesser-known carol, “Fa la la,” cleverly incorporated famous classical tunes like Beethoven into the classic “Jingle Bells” This one garnered laughter and much applause from the audience.

Third in the performance was the symphonic choir, which gave a rendition of “The Dance of the Sugarplum Fairy,” sung with “fa la las” where there would normally be instruments.

For the last two songs, the concert and symphonic bands sang “Silent Night” — in four languages — and invited alumni up to the stage to help them sing it.

They ended the concert with a Hallelujah chorus that had the crowd whooping and cheering.

Choir director Christy Taylor, who heads each of these groups, felt “absolute elation” after the show.

“I’ve seen these students grow for the last couple of years, and I couldn’t be more proud of them,” she said. “The kids enjoyed themselves, the audience enjoyed themselves, and we made music.”

Junior Alicia Miller, a Glitter N Gold and symphonic choir member, shared her enthusiasm.

“I think we did awesome,” she said. “We left it all on stage.”

Bethany Hertenstein, a sophomore, agreed.

“It’s just so much fun to go on stage and perform with my friends from school,” she said. “It’s a great opportunity to spread Christmas cheer throughout the community.”