On Feb. 8, the brand new Culver City Middle School Show Choir, Encore, gave two sold-out performances at the Willows Community School Theater.
The audience heard songs ranging from Michael Buble, Coldplay and Adele, to Stephen Schwartz’s popular musical “Wicked.”
“This choir was the most musically talented group of middle school students I have ever heard, varying levels of stage experience notwithstanding,” said Musical director Dane Morris.
The 25-member choir performed ensemble numbers arranged by Morris to the intricate choreography of Encore choreographer Jessica Ordaz.
Individual students were featured in solos throughout the concert. A live professional band accompanied the choir and soloists, and CCHS student Eric Mitchell designed the lighting for the show.
The show choir program, one of two programs of CCMS Theatre Arts, is partially funded by a grant from the Glee Give a Note Foundation that supports music in the schools.
Encore’s spring performance is on June 1 and 2 at Robert Frost Auditorium.