The Sanibel School's Spring Music Showcase will feature a few ensembles comprised of nearly 80 students at BIG ARTS Schein Hall tomorrow night.
"We are really looking forward to performing at a different performance venue. To be performing at Schein Hall, which has a great auditorium and a great stage, and to be working with the people of BIG ARTS too is a great collaboration. The main art organization on the island and our school can kind of form a bond with one another," The Sanibel School Music Director Joey Giangreco said. "We are looking forward to sharing our love of arts and music with each other."
Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the performance begins at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 6. Tickets are $5 per person, which will support BIG ARTS and The Sanibel School music department.
The Sanibel School Steel Drumming Band will be among the ensembles to perform at the Spring Music Showcase.
"It's the first time we have taken our students, several of our ensembles, and have done a performance out in the community. That way we can try to reach other community members who may not be able to come to our school, or just for us to reach out to the community and give back in that sense," Giangreco said.
Three ensembles will be performing in the showcase.
Thirty-five students, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, from the performing arts class will do a scene from "Wizard of Oz" young performers edition. The actual "Wizard of Oz" performance will take place Thursday, May 18, and Friday, May 19, at 7 p.m. at The Sanibel School. Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students, with concessions also available.
The students began rehearsing for the play in January when the second semester began.
"They had to prepare a song from the show depending on what part they want to audition for. Also a speaking part from the show, some lines they had to present. In addition, they had to prepare a resume and a headshot as well to present. They had to look professional, come in and perform for myself, my assistant director and a couple of other members we had on our panel," he said. "I think auditioning is a very important skill that is important to teach our students. In the real world they will have to present a resume, a headshot, a song and a speaking part if they want to audition for a musical. I think giving them that experience here at the school and helping them through that process is very important, especially if they want to go on and perform at a musical in high school, or beyond in the community."
The students rose to the occasion, providing a challenge for Giangreco when choosing the cast. Everyone within the performing arts class received a role in the production, but the audition determined which role they received. Some of the leads were double casted to give more students the opportunity to have a lead role, due to the success of the auditions.
The students will perform the "Munchkin Land" sequence during the showcase at Schein Hall. Such songs as "Ding Dong the Witch is Dead," "Follow the Yellow Brick Road," and "Off to See the Wizard" are among some of the songs the students will sing. Giangreco said, in addition, 11 students who are performing the leads, will sing a melody of songs, which they performed at the F.I.S.H. fundraiser a few weeks ago.
Fourteen students with the Steel Drumming Band, sixth, seventh and eighth grade students, will perform the set list they performed at Walt Disney World last month.
"They are a phenomenal group. I really could not be more proud of the Steel Drumming Band. The work, the dedication, the time, the effort they have put in this year is remarkable," he said.
The band recently returned from a performance at Walt Disney World, where they performed at Disney Springs on March 17.
"We were met with such a warm reception from the crowd. The performance was fabulous and they presented themselves very well. As their teacher it was an inspiring moment for me. I had always wanted to take one of my groups to Walt Disney World to perform. I could not have asked for a better performance from the kids," Giangreco said. "We have a trophy that Disney gave to us, that is currently displayed in the office."
The band will perform six songs, the same that were performed at Disney Springs. Some of those include "The Lion Sleeps Tonight," "It's a Small World," and the "Banana Boat Song."
The showcase at Schein Hall will be the Steel Drumming Bands last performance of the school year.
"It will be a great way to celebrate the very successful year that we had," Giangreco said.
Thirty students, third, fourth and fifth grade students, with the Elementary Choir will also perform. The after school club meets every Monday.
"This is the first year we opened up the choir to third grade students, which has been very exciting. It increased our numbers in the choir, but also gave more students in our school the chance to participate in one of the music department's ensembles," he said.
Four songs will be performed tomorrow night ranging in a variety of styles of music, finishing with "The World is Ours."
The night will conclude with the performing arts students and the Elementary Choir combining for "An Old Irish Blessing."
"We are very excited to present our Spring Music Showcase at Schein Hall at BIG ARTS. We are looking forward to a very successful performance. We are hoping that the community comes out and helps us support our very talented students that we have here at the Sanibel School," Giangreco said.