Really, I should have known/expected this would be a wow event. But, it's music class -- a night of international music. Hmmmm. Yawn? Songs I won't understand? I almost didn't take my camera -- and i didn't take the video camera (If anyone has a video of them singing the Waka Waka song, I'd LOVE it!)
But, then again, the music teachers at the helm of this are awesome--David Ervin and Alan Nasberg. There were (maybe) some mini stars in the show, but, really, EVERYONE had parts and was a star and was totally into the performance.
I was amazed at the sustained energy these 80 6th graders put out for over an hour. That's our Iz above at far left in the middle row.
The photo above is of them singing a song from a Japanese Anime show that they requested they perform. Listen below for the first vocals and look at them and imagine them belting this out! (This is the only song the teachers introduced, feeling that it, perhaps, need explanation--or maybe a disclaimer.)
They alternated international songs with funny and unexpected adaptations of fairy tales. In this one Isaac is the Pharoah's magician raising a sea -- the Pharoah is his friend Tom who high-fives his beloved when their devotion is mentioned.
And then came Waka Waka (This Time for Africa). Whoa. It starts out slow and by the middle ALL of the kids are jumping on the risers and dancing SO very joyously -- with totally planned breaks for soloists (and while three girls headlined, EVERYONE got a solo if they wanted one).
Isaac said that originally there were "no unplanned movements" in the show, but when they practiced at the high school a couple of days ago, someone started jumping while doing the hand movements on the risers and then everyone started jumping and Mr Ervin told them to keep it!
I didn't cry (I'm really not a sentimental type) but I ALMOST cried -- and I think it was because of the sheer JOY these kids were putting out :) Afterward, in the hall, they were just jumping as they met their parents and others who were telling them how awesome they were.
Big thanks to Mr Ervin and Mr Nasberg. It was fabulous.
P.S. In case you don't know the Waka Waka song -- here it is :)