Burbank High’s ‘Night Of Magic’ Gala Honors Shawn and Kaylene Stevens

By On November 20, 2013

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Burbank High School presented its 17th Annual Night of Magic recently at The Pickwick Gardens. The night had surprises, great music, good lighting and most of all, Burbank High School’s Award Winning Choirs under the Direction of Brett Carroll.

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Night of Magic is a showcase of the different choirs and a night of raising money for the Vocal Music Association of Burbank High School.

The evening started with a silent auction of gift baskets with everything from Original Art pieces to scripts signed by famous actors. One basket had enough Disney videos to keep a family with several kids busy for the complete winter break.

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Shawn & Kaylene Stevens Honored by Brett Carroll. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

One of the highlights of the evening was, after intermission, when Choir Director Brett Carroll took the floor to honor a long time Burbank High School Choir Support Member.

This year’s recipient of The Honor Council of Voce Ostinato Award was bestowed on Shawn and Kaylene Stevens, who, over the past 17 years, had kids in the choir programs and have held every elected and volunteer position available. The Stevens have always been there providing a helping hand, from making wardrobe pieces to Shawn’s technical assistance back stage.

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

To make the night as fun as possible, there were live auctions between musical numbers with former Principal Bruce Osgood at the microphone. Knowing almost everyone in the room, a pull on the ear or a itch of the nose raised the bid amount. Trips to distant locations, guest appearances from choir members and even front row court side seats at an upcoming Lakers game were auctioned off.

Even though the room had over 300 in attendance, and plenty was raised, the VMA is always in need of donations to carry the program through the year. Their next upcoming event will be their annual Holiday Program next month.

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(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The choirs that performed were the Out of the Blue, BHS Voices, Sirens, Impressions, Sound Dogs, Gentleman’s Octet and In Sync.

The Master of Ceremonies for the evening was Sean Holland who has been seen in the feature film ‘The Clueless’,  ‘The Watcher’ and whose additional credits include ‘Any Day Now,’ ‘Parenthood,’ ‘Sister Sister’ and ‘Good Company.’