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DINNER AND?A?SHOW

3 high school musical groups combine for entertainment extravaganza

May 13, 2012
By JOHANNA BOYLE - Journal Ishpeming Bureau (jboyle@miningjournal.net) , The Mining Journal

ISHPEMING - You've heard of dinner and a movie, but how about dinner and a concert?

Music students at the Westwood High School are hard at work to prepare for their first dinner show, which combines three of the NICE Community Schools music groups and a delicious meal for a unique entertainment experience.

The show is set to begin with appetizers at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 in the Westwood High School cafeteria. Tickets are $15 per person and are available in advance from the WHS principal's office.

Article Photos

Students from the Voices in Motion choral group at Westwood High School rehearse “Jai Ho,” from the “Slumdog Millionaire” soundtrack, one of the numbers to be presented during a special dinner show, also featuring the WHS Jazz Band. (Journal photo by Johanna Boyle)

"This is our first official dinner show," said WHS choral teacher Tony Beacco. "We do so many concerts in our auditorium, so we wanted to do something a little different at the end of the year."

Last year the school produced a dessert show, but this year has expanded the show to include appetizers, the main meal and dessert.

Entertainment during dinner will include the WHS Jazz Band, directed by Gordon Erickson, as well as the vocal group Voices in Motion and Voices in Motion Junior, made up of Aspen Ridge Middle School students.

All three groups will perform a combination of new music and music that was featured in concerts throughout the year.

"They're going to present some songs from the past, the present and future," Beacco said.

As part of the dinner show experience, the same students performing the music will also be waiting tables and serving the meal, allowing the audience to get an up-close look at the performers.

Heading up the cooking is E.J. Kutchie, the mother of one of the VIM singers, who will be preparing a main course of Chicken Vanderbilt.

"It's a lot of music. It's fun to hear," said WHS senior Jarrett Davidson, 18, who will be performing both as part of VIM and the jazz band.

One thing that attracted Davidson to the dinner show format was how different it is from a typical concert.

"It's more of a professional atmosphere. It's not just another concert," he said.

Students involved in the production have been putting together their best work for the show.

"They (the audience) should come to the show because we put in a lot of time and effort," said Abbey Japp, 18, a WHS senior.

Fellow senior Dani Perreault, 17, agreed.

"It's a one-of-a-kind experience," she said.

Beacco advised those wishing to see the show purchase tickets in advance as the show is likely to sell out.

Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is By JOHANNA BOYLE

Journal Ishpeming Bureau

ISHPEMING - You've heard of dinner and a movie, but how about dinner and a concert?

Music students at the Westwood High School are hard at work to prepare for their first dinner show, which combines three of the NICE Community Schools music groups and a delicious meal for a unique entertainment experience.

The show is set to begin with appetizers at 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 19 in the Westwood High School cafeteria. Tickets are $15 per person and are available in advance from the WHS principal's office.

"This is our first official dinner show," said WHS choral teacher Tony Beacco. "We do so many concerts in our auditorium, so we wanted to do something a little different at the end of the year."

Last year the school produced a dessert show, but this year has expanded the show to include appetizers, the main meal and dessert.

Entertainment during dinner will include the WHS Jazz Band, directed by Gordon Erickson, as well as the vocal group Voices in Motion and Voices in Motion Junior, made up of Aspen Ridge Middle School students.

All three groups will perform a combination of new music and music that was featured in concerts throughout the year.

"They're going to present some songs from the past, the present and future," Beacco said.

As part of the dinner show experience, the same students performing the music will also be waiting tables and serving the meal, allowing the audience to get an up-close look at the performers.

Heading up the cooking is E.J. Kutchie, the mother of one of the VIM singers, who will be preparing a main course of Chicken Vanderbilt.

"It's a lot of music. It's fun to hear," said WHS senior Jarrett Davidson, 18, who will be performing both as part of VIM and the jazz band.

One thing that attracted Davidson to the dinner show format was how different it is from a typical concert.

"It's more of a professional atmosphere. It's not just another concert," he said.

Students involved in the production have been putting together their best work for the show.

"They (the audience) should come to the show because we put in a lot of time and effort," said Abbey Japp, 18, a WHS senior.

Fellow senior Dani Perreault, 17, agreed.

"It's a one-of-a-kind experience," she said.

Beacco advised those wishing to see the show purchase tickets in advance as the show is likely to sell out.

Johanna Boyle can be reached at 906-486-4401. Her email address is jboyle@miningjournal.net.

 
 

 

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