By Sandi Khine
“Just like fire, burning out the way, if I can light up the world for just one day…”
Arcadia High School’s (AHS) eminent choral groups concluded the successful 2018 season with a “fire” show at the Arcadia Performing Arts Center (PAC) last Friday, May 25 and Saturday, May 26. At AHS, the choir groups are split into two: the mixed choir group and the advanced choir group Chanteurs. Impressively, Chanteurs is the oldest show choir in Southern California.
In the fall semester Chanteurs is a concert choir performing classical pieces while in the spring semester it is a show choir that incorporates dance choreography with vocals under a particular theme. This year’s theme was ‘Fire,’ and Chanteurs proved with its accomplished season (5th at the Los Alamitos Xtravaganza and 6th at the Burbank Blast! competitions) that its shows were nothing less than fire.
Fortunately, friends and family were able to see the show choir performances and several others showcased at the annual May Show, including pop music, senior solos, show sets, and Chanteurs cabaret.
On Friday, audience members enjoyed a panoply of senior solos, as well as several show numbers performed during show choir competition season. Among the featured were Mixed Chorus: Imagination Station and Chanteurs Senior Solos, and Chanteurs: Fire! Saturday’s show featured smaller groups, including solos and duets by Chanteurs cabaret. AHS students proved their innumerable talents even further as they sang numbers in French and Chinese.
As a conclusion to AHS Choir’s hard work and dedication this year, May Show allowed friends and family to marvel at such a complete culmination of everyone’s talents. Special thanks to the performers, Dr. Pu, The Arcadia Performing Arts Foundation, Arcadia Music Club, and friends and family for a wonderful show.
Chanteurs members take a bow at the end of May Show. – Photo by Sandi Khine / Beacon Media News
(Left to Right) Brandon Baldwin, Kyle Hwang, and Ryan Poon perform “Galway Girl.” – Photo by Sandi Khine / Beacon Media News
Arcadia Choir director Dr. Stephen Pu speaks at the closing of May Show. – Photo by Sandi Khine / Beacon Media News
Nina Wu and Ricky Li perform a Chinese duet. – Photo by Sandi Khine / Beacon Media News
(Left to Right) Katherine Burog and Kaite Kong perform a duet. – Photo by Sandi Khine / Beacon Media News
(Left to Right) Kristen Duran, Emma Huang, and Celine Win sing in French. – Photo by Sandi Khine / Beacon Media News
Melody Dwe performs. – Photo by Sandi Khine / Beacon Media News
Chanteurs President Celine Nguyen at the end of her senior solo. – Photo by Sandi Khine / Beacon Media News