Holiday Concert: “The Best Time of the Year”

The annual Holiday Concert spreads the Christmas cheer.

Written by CHRISTINE KEUNG / Published January 8, 2010

Members of the performing arts group at Temple City High School filled the San Gabriel Mission Auditorium with holiday cheer for the annual Holiday Concert, held on Tuesday, Dec. 15.  

The Holiday Concert showcases the talents of groups such as Band, Honors Orchestra, Choreo, Brighter Side Singers, Women’s Chorus and Concert Choir. The Tomasulo Singers, consisting of various members of the high school staff, also performed.  

“I think the faculty performance of the ‘Twelve Days of Oz’ was one of the highlights of the night,” Senior Julia Chen said. “It was great to see them out of a school environment and just having fun on stage.” 

The show started off with orchestra playing “Sleigh Ride” followed by the combined choirs’ performance of the song, “Christmas is Still the Best Time of the Year,” which is also the concert’s theme.

The Brighter Side Singers sang, “Christmastime’s Comin’,” “Shalom Chaverim,” “When Love Came Down,” “Christmas Island,” “On This Shining Light,” “and “Joyful Joyful” before the first intermission.

Other performances include a sneak peek at next year’s musical, “The Wizard of Oz,” and a number called “I Can’t Be Bothered Now” which featured Choreo.

The performers on stage and in the pit orchestra as well as the Dragonflicks Film Crew got an experience quite different from that of the audience.  

“Being able to see the behind-the-scenes work and how everything pieced together was a very different, but exciting experience,” Senior Michelle Shen, who played in the pit, said. “Because of that, it was especially rewarding to see everything run so smoothly at the concert.” 

The second half of the Holiday Concert began with a medley of selections played by the Honors Orchestra.

The Tomasulo Singers performed the “Twelve Days of Oz” which featured a real dog on stage playing ToTo, Mr. Mike Tomasulo running around the auditorium, and other hilarious feats. Brigher Side Singers also performed “North Pole Rock and Roll,” “Solla Sollew,” and “Where Are You Christmas.” Female members of the Choir groups took the stage with “Santa Baby” followed by a performance of “Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas” by Mr. Matt Byers and the audience.

The show ended with the Hallelujah Chorus, which included Brighter Side alumni.

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