Students Sing “Forever Christmas”

Various Temple City High School performing arts groups come together for “Forever Christmas.”

Written by AMY FAN / Published December 17, 2o10

In celebration of the holidays, various performing arts groups from Temple City High School performed in the annual holiday concert entitled “Forever Christmas” on December 14 in the San Gabriel Mission Playhouse.

The concert featured selections performed by the following groups: Brighter Side Singers, Concert Choir, Women’s Chorus, Choreo and the Festival and Honors Orchestras. The production also featured a private chorus called “Rhapsody,” and “The Mike Tomasulo Singers,” composed of the teachers and staff of the high school.

Popular highlights were the Honors Orchestra pieces, including the rock piece “Kashmir,” the always humorous staff performance, which this year was entitled “I’m Getting’ Nothin’ For Christmas,” the traditional piece “O Holy Night,” sung this year by Sophie Gonzales from Brighter Side Singers, and the all-boys Brighter Side Singers piece, “Hot Chocolate.”

Also included were new additions to the program which included “The Byers’ Carolers” and traditional staples such as “O Holy Night”.

Overall, the pieces were very well-received with the audience. Honors Orchestra’s final piece, “Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24” received a standing ovation.

The performance received abundant praise from the audience and spectators.

“I think the program has been very organized,” said Junior Frank Hsu. “It’s really good — really entertaining.”

In the concluding piece in the production, the Vocal Arts alumni were called to join in the Hallelujah Chorus with the Vocal Arts students.

As with all Vocal Arts, Band, Choreo, Orchestra, and Dragonflicks alumi, it was very nostalgic for alumni to see the current students in performance.

“It brings back good memories,” said Pit Orchestra alumni Jacqueline Cheng. “It feels really different, but I enjoy it.”

Credits were given to Dragonflicks, the technology crew from the high school, for manning the lights and filming the performance.

A DVD of the performance will be available later in the year, published by Dragonflicks.

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