Every year in December, the vocal and instrumental programs, along with the dance program, at John Burroughs High School present the festive Holiday Spectacular, supported by the school’s Stage Craft Technology students.
This year, the three performing arts programs join forces again for a streaming performance, with pre-recorded segments edited by Stage Craft Tech students and their teacher Jon King, with the show airing at 7:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 12, on twitch.tv/showchoir.
“We hope to bring a little holiday cheer at the end of a tough year,” commented vocal music teacher Brendan Jennings. “All of our students have shown the most incredible amounts of resilience and dedication to their art. I could not be more proud as a teacher.”
“This year has been extremely difficult for both students and teachers. It is a different type of learning and performing environment,” commented Dance program teacher Emily Pierce. “All our programs wanted to continue to spread the joy and magic of this holiday season by continuing with our Holiday Spectacular, virtually.”
“The dance students worked extremely hard on putting together choreography and performance in a short span of time. Throughout rehearsing, dance students were able to get to know each other and spend quality time together even though we were on Zoom,” she added. “We are all so excited to see the turn out and we enjoyed our rehearsal time!”
Although the show is free to watch, the JBHS Vocal Music Association, the JBHS Instrumental Music Association and the JBHS Dance Program suggest a $10 donation to support the programs.
The 2020 Holiday Spectacular runs for about an hour and showcases the hundreds of Burroughs High students in choir, band and dance performing to favorite holiday hits. The show will remain online for a few weeks after the initial streaming performance.