Winter Wonderland arts showcase postponed

The Winter Wonderland Drive-Thru, originally scheduled to take place Friday, Dec. 4, has been postponed until early 2021 because of an upward trend of COVID-19 cases in Los Angeles County. 

Performing arts groups such as band, orchestra and choir had prepared small ensemble performances adhering to social distancing guidelines. Not only was this an attempt to bring holiday cheer to the student body, but performers were also looking forward to making music together. 

“It’s been a long time since we’ve been able to [play music] together. It’s not the same when you have to be in orchestra online since everyone’s on mute,” violinist senior Daniel Munoz said. “I was looking forward to seeing some of my friends from orchestra again and also being able to perform in an ensemble.” 

The event would have featured carols from choir students, holiday tunes from percussion and a string quintet, a new routine from Color Guard and projected videos of small instrumental ensembles. 

“We wanted to cheer people up and show that the arts are still alive and can still function when other things have been shut down,” choir director Lisa Lopez said. “The beauty of art classes is that we can still make art and human connections in almost any conditions. It would have been so uplifting and good exposure for our programs.”

However, the various performing arts groups are still planning virtual ways to commemorate this special time of the year. Instrumental music is currently working on videos from their Jazz Band, Concert Band and Orchestras. Choir is recording carols and sending them out as greetings, as well as putting together their virtual winter concert. 

“We want to provide opportunities for [students] to smile, have fun and break up the monotony of distance learning,” principal Ryan Maine said. “We will continue to try to find ways [to do so], but also have to make sure we are doing it safely.”

By Cathy Li, Staff writer