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Spectrum Showcases Various Stages of Life in Annual Performance

Photo Courtesy of Katherine George

Photo Courtesy of Katherine George

Alicia Sanchez-Brooks, Staff Writer

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Spectrum is an annual, student-led performance that was held April 19-20th. Students of Showcase and men’s chorus participate in Spectrum.

The steps that go into putting the show together are complex and present new challenges every year. Students and parents volunteer hours of time in order for the whole theme to come together. For the annual theme to be chosen, they are discussed among the students until it’s narrowed down to the final choice. Then, they must come up with a selection of songs that match the theme. There is a real sense of variety to the songs selected, being picked from different decades and genres. Each piece of music is then listened to by Ms. Cleveland to approve of.

“All the work everyone is putting in and just seeing the final result on stage, it just looks amazing,”said Kyle Crawford, junior.

This year’s show was the Spectrum of Life, focusing on the various stages and ages one goes through during their lifetime. Songs as well as props are all carefully selected to capture their chosen theme.

An arranger comes in and helps the band with music and the performers with the medley written for the show. Spectrum’s medley this year went along with the theme of teenage angst. To have a good selection, there has to be enough difference in the sounds of the songs for the audience to find things to relate to.

Spectrum includes large ensemble performances as well as groups and solos. All involved pride themselves in their work and find Spectrum to be a unique experience. Each group had to choose a song as well as come up with their own choreography and costumes. Parents of performers are heavily involved with designing the scenery and set and provide hands-on backstage help for the perfect performance.

” Spectrum is a life changing experience because it gives you an opportunity to perform in front of an audience that has no idea what you’re about to perform. It’s just a full, energetic, truly magical performance that I’m so honored to [have been] a part of,” said Alexis Gerardo, junior.

Overall, the Spectrum of Life was an energetic show that was fun and enjoyable for the whole crowd. In between talented performances, students also were involved in family friendly skits that had the room erupting in laughter. The dancing and singing had the crowd on the edge of their seats as they clapped and sang along.

Spectrum 2018 was another successful concert that captured the talent of many of Gaither’s bright musicians.

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