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Burbank High School’s VMA Presents Night Of Magic

This past Saturday night, Burbank High School’s Vocal Music Association entertained, auctioned gift baskets and sang to a pack crowd at Pickwick Gardens Banquet Center.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The night was the program’s biggest fundraiser of the year and the money raised will go toward this year’s Vocal Music programs, trip expenses and show expenses.

This years choirs included Out of the Blue, Sirens, Sound Dogs and their advanced choir In Sync, all Directed by Brett Carroll.

School Officials including Superintendent Matt Hill, Peggy Flynn along with School Board President Larry Applebaum, City Officials including City Council Member Bob Frutos, who enjoyed the music program featuring all the Vocal Music Associations choirs.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

 

Burbank High School VMA Presents Carroll’s Corral and Cookoff Again Tonight

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

By Joyce Rudolph

Burbank High School’s chorale students proved they can sing, dance and wait tables too as they entertained family and friends during the Carroll’s Corral and Cookout fundraiser on Friday night. The final show is tonight at 6 p.m.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Western-themed event was presented by the Vocal Music Association with proceeds going to support the year-long program. As this is the first performance of the year, the students pulled the show together in just four weeks.

Risers for the singers were set up on one side of the lunch shelter and tables and chairs on the other. The warm weather made one feel like they were out on the prairie. Student groups performing were Out of the Blue intermediate mixed choir, Impressions advanced women’s choir, In Sync advanced mixed choir, Sound Dogs men’s choir, Vocal Jazz Ensemble, and a cappella groups the Sirens women’s choir and the Gentlemen’s Octet.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Parents were in the kitchen tossing a mixed green salad and warming up chili — with meat or just vegetarian — and corn bread. Students were hustling about — filling plastic cups with ice, water and soda and taking people’s orders. Then delivering everything fast and with a smile!

One of those was sophomore Kyle Lucero, 16, who sings with the group Out of the Blue.

“It’s a lot of hard work, but at the end of the day, if the customers are satisfied, that’s all that matters,” he said enthusiastically.

Emma Shannon, who sings with In Sync, was promoting the sale of frickles – fried pickles. “I love ’em!” said the high school junior.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Ruth Rodriguez, 14, also a member of Out of the Blue, took a short break after finishing a song with the group.

“This is a good event to meet new people,” she said.

And that’s what the event’s all about, said vocal teacher Brett Carroll. His “secret agenda” as he calls it, is using events like this to help students build socialization and character skills.

“Like greeting and interacting with people you don’t know and how to help people out,” he said. “Studies show that the No. 1 fear people have above death is speaking in public. This event gets the students off the stage and out into the audience to serve people. It forces them to learn other skills.

“Many of Carroll’s students take the skills they learn in his program and go on to work on stage, in television and in other professions,” he said.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)
(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“This is just another avenue — a wonderful way through an art form — to teach them these life skills. That’s what’s so beautiful and important about the program that we want these students to grow into better people. They learn how to read people, how to look people in the eye and work together as a team and problem solve under pressure.”

Another chance to see this show will be at 6 p.m. today. It’s a bargain at $20 per person. Tickets are available at the door. Proceeds help subsidize the vocal music program.The Vocal Music Association’s annual budget is about $400,000, said Ellie Stockwell, VMA President.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We have a really big goal we are trying to raise,” she said. “The money goes to costumes, bus transportation — our main goal is to try to fulfill whatever the school district doesn’t provide. We sometimes get outside choreographers to come in and help students with choreography, so it really depends on what the needs are for that particular year.”

The Vocal Music Association will continue its fundraising activities with the 18th annual Night of Magic beginning at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 15, at Pickwick Gardens. The evening includes silent and live auctions, dinner and entertainment by the chorale groups. Donations of prizes can be brought to the school. For tickets or sponsorship opportunities, contact Michelle Williams at (818) 848-3513 or email grinnellgang@sbcglobal.net.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The chorale groups will perform a holiday program and then competition season begins in January. The groups will go on tour through Boston and New York City, and then host the chorale competition in March called the Burbank Blast, featuring 40 high school show choirs from throughout the state and beyond. The Pop Show completes the performance year.

BHS Pop Show Off The Charts

By Ross A. Benson, Staff Photographer

Performing choirs that are off the charts, a $1.5 million dollar lighting rig, and Hollywood Sound working the faders, what do you have? ‘Light Up The World’- Burbank High School’s Pop Show 2013 directed by Brett Carroll. The show opened on Thursday night and will continue on Friday evening at 7:00 pm with two shows on Saturday, May 18, including a Saturday matinee.

Footloose will get you stomping your feet and almost get up and dance. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Footloose will get you stomping your feet and almost get up and dance (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Show stopping titles such as Footloose, Bottom of the River, and plenty more being performed by award winning choirs of the Burbank High School Vocal Music Association. This year “In Sync” choir teams up with the band “Uncle Daddy” that has hits on I-tunes and other labels performed and won awards across the state.

Lighting Designer Max Lippman working his magic with the lights, as his older brother Harrison Lippman observes. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Lighting Designer Max Lippman working his magic with the lights, as his older brother Harrison Lippman observes (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The show has as many lights as Dancing with the Stars or even American Idol. The lighting design was done by senior Max Lippman, with some effects equal to or better than the recent Grammys which his older brother Harrison Lippman has assisted in designing the past several years.

This year will see plenty of seniors graduating, but filling their shoes will be juniors and sophomores that have come from Burbank’s John Muir Middle School and Luther Burbank Middle school that have fantastic choir programs breeding amazing talent.

Sound Dogs preforming. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Sound Dogs performing (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

This is a show that you won’t want to miss, great for all members in your family including grandma and grandpa.

Tickets for Saturdays performance may still be available here at:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/380493