Holiday Spirit and Spirited Karaoke at North High
The run-up to Winter Recess always features lots of holiday concerts at schools across the district. And many DMPS ensembles have been making appearances around the community to set the proper mood for the season. All of these events have been the product of much preparation and practice, and it showed.
And then there was the holiday karaoke program yesterday after school at North High. It was a lively, light-hearted blend of planned and impromptu; croon and caterwaul; tradition and spontaneity.
The venue was drama director Mark Rixner’s classroom, better known as the Woodchuck Theater. Rixner was seasonally suited in a holly & ivy outfit of green slacks and a red shirt. The small stage was decked with giftwrapped props and many of the performers donned Santa caps to better look their parts.
There was lots of audience participation, too. Most of the singers were students but North’s vocal music director Vanessa Brady and history teacher Matt Andrews teamed up for a duet of Winter Wonderland that was well-received.
Senior Cameron James dug deep to reach the tonal and character depths of Mr. Grinch.
While we were there no one selected anything from The Polar Express which would seem like a natural given the site. Maybe that came later.
The best word to describe the event is spirited. Christmas spirit, teen spirit, school spirit; they made for a harmonious trio.