night at the movies

Performing arts hosts “A Night at the Movie” showcase

Members of band perform “Superheroes,” music inspired by DC Comics, at the showcase.

Walnut High School of the Arts presented a screening of “A Night at the Movies,” a showcase including performances by choir, dance, drama and instrumental music, at the Associated Student Body stage on Friday, May 14 at 8 p.m.. Each arts program had virtual performances shown for attendees to watch with free admission. 

Choir students individually recorded songs including “Singing in the Rain” and “Make Someone Happy” after weeks of practice as a group. Their recordings were compiled and projected for the audience at the showcase. Instrumental music rehearsed DC Comics inspired songs and recorded for their individual videos, which were also featured at the stage. 

“I think it’s so cool how we can take time to practice our music,” trombonist sophomore Liliana Briseño said. “While I prefer live performances with all the music and people and excitement, recording the video was definitely a nice way to end the year.”

Drama opened and finished the video with skits pretending to be on a class call with their teacher, Jamie Roberts, who had a Thanos gauntlet, and a montage of famous one liners from well known movies. Instrumental music rehearsed multiple songs and recorded individually for their individual videos, which were also featured at the stage. 

“Although we still have to change things for [the pandemic] it’s a good start. Everything is different when we actually get to act face to face,” drama student Nate Ibarra said. “It’s nice finally being back.”

Dance included clips from Dance 1 and Dance 2 performing to “We’re All in This Together” from “High School Musical.” Individual dances were recorded and compiled along with two dances from Advanced Dance. 

“It was really fun to see all the programs at one show. I loved watching our performances and seeing all the hard work pay off,” Dance 2 sophomore Cristina Miranda said. “I think this was a great way for the arts programs to finish off the year.”

By Sophia Parungao, Staff writer
Photo courtesy of Liliana Briseño