Deck the Holbrook Halls


HMHS Show Choir performing “One” from A Chorus Line

Carrietta Jacques, Arts and Entertainment Editor

As the cold weather rolled in and the holiday festivities began, Holbrook Middle-High School put on a concert in honor of the upcoming winter celebrations. Excited for the new season, Holbrook students rejoiced in song and dance on December 6th, 2017.

The audience watched on as the elementary school, middle school, and high school bands proudly played their instruments to the tune of the holiday classics.  The John F. Kennedy School Experienced Band, directed by Ms. Rachael Sordillo, played “Early Bird March,” “Christmas March,” and “St. Nick’s on the Housetop.” The sixth grade band played “Jingle Bells Around the World” and “Christmas Fantasy,” and the seventh grade band followed with “Christmas Chimes.” The Concert Band, comprised primarily of high school students, also played “You’re a Mean One Mr. Grinch” and “Festival of Lights,” which featured a solo by Lilyann Hughes.

The school’s show choir dazzled the audience, quite literally and figuratively, with their performance. Under the direction of Mrs. Nicole Gabriel, they wore glittery gold costumes and gleefully sung and danced to, “One” from A Chorus Line.

The JFK Chorus, under the direction of Ms. Rachael Sordillo, sang “Hey, Ho, Nobody Home,” “A Holiday of Music,” “Shalom Chaverim/Hevenu Shalom,” and “Hip Hop Reindeer.”

The HMHS Chorus, directed by Ms. Julie Roth, sang “Sansa Kroma,” “The Lights of Hanukkah,” and “Sleigh Ride.” These performances featured percussionists, such as Michael O’Neill, Brady O’Connell, and Noah Hobart. Noah also had a solo in Sansa Kroma, which is a Ghanaian folk song.

During the concert, several juniors were also awarded their Performing Arts jackets. Thomas Denny, Aiden Kelly Caitlyn Mann, Hayli Manning, Sarah Ryan, and Amanda West received their jackets for their commitment to the department. To be given this award, the students were required to participate as theater camp counselors, chaperones at the Monster Mash, and participate in multiple concerts and musicals.  Receiving a jacket is a long-awaited exciting achievement.

The HMHS Concert Choir’s performance was directed by Mr. Jeff Hobart. He explained that they had a shorter performance, due to other obligations like the ceremony for Lt. Heins and the annual Christmas Tree Lighting. Regardless, they sang many festive songs, such as “Carol of the Bells,” “Glow,” “One Light,” and “Jazz Gloria.”

Finally, all choruses from the JFK and HMHS closed the concert with a rendition of “Winter Wonderland.” Mrs. Mary Clougher described this as her “favorite part of the concert” because all of the students have to work together to make something beautiful.