Students perform in annual holiday concert

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Nicole Chen

Upper school vocal group Cantilena performs at Big Assembly Day (BAD). All performing groups also visited the lower and middle school campuses for BAD.

by Nina Gee, Reporter

Upper, middle and lower school performing arts groups toured the three campuses today for their annual Holiday Concert, also known as Big Assembly Day (BAD).

The show began with performances from the orchestra of each campus being performed at and included numbers from Bucknall choir and Dance Fusion; middle school choirs Dynamics, Harmonics and Vivace; middle school dance troupes High Voltage and Showstoppers; upper school choirs Bel Canto, Cantilena, Camerata and Downbeat and upper school dance troupes Kinetic Krew, JV and Varsity dance.

“I always look forward to going over to Bucknall because I used to teach over there, and it’s a lot of joy teaching over there,” upper school vocal music teacher and director of Bel Canto Jennifer Sandusky said. “It’s really fun to see the older kids interact with the younger kids.”

With the completion of the new athletics center, the show was able to be performed at the high school campus instead of being livestreamed, as it was last year.

“It’s exciting; it’s better this year because now that we have the new gym, we can actually perform in front of the students,” Kinetic Krew member Linus Li (12) said. “As it was last year, the streaming was a little bit glitchy, but I think it’s just interesting performing in a new facility with different acoustics.”

While the new performing arts center will be complete in time for the next BAD, it does not have enough seats to hold all the upper school’s students and faculty. A decision is yet to be made whether or not BAD will be held there from now on.

“The theater won’t seat the entire school, so I don’t know what the decision will be around that, whether it’ll be two shows or if it’ll be in the gym,” Sandusky said. “We’ll just have to wait and see.”

Upcoming school productions include the Student Directed Showcase (SDS) shows on Jan. 5 and 6 and the upper school’s annual dance production on Jan. 26 and 27.