By Sally K. Albrecht
Director of School Choral & Classroom Publications
How about adding a touch of “showbiz” to your holiday concert? This year, our new Showbiz! choral movement DVD is packed full of complete choreography for 12 great tunes. Here’s a quick look at the 4 smashing holiday numbers that are featured on the DVD.
This holiday novelty number actually combines two powerhouse favorites by Lois Brownsey and Marti Lunn Lantz into one Glee style mash-up! Funky and fun! But best of all, each vocal line has its own choreography to match. Part I has “Santa Fever” while Part II does a stomp-stomp-clap routine. Perfect when combining two classrooms or two choirs for a special knock-out number.
By now, you know you can count on Andy Beck and Brian Fisher to deliver a “bring-down-the house” holiday number! This one has a “New York, New York” style intro and interludes with an easy-to-learn partner-song format. Andy has staged it on our DVD using top hats—either real or mimed. Sure to be a show-stopper!
Sing Noel, Noel!
Jay and I enjoyed experiencing the premier of this original gospel-style piece in nearby Wilson, NC. Features two short solos and a soulful descant group. Add handclaps at the key change and the audience will probably join in! Simple yet effective staging, using gospel step touches and heavenly arm reaches. Works well as a closer.
‘Zat You, Santa Claus?
A jazzy Kirby Shaw treatment with zingin’ rhythms and rhymes! And just wait until you teach your singers Andy’s clever choreography for this one, featuring everyone swingin’ their Santa hats on the scat section! You can feature a special dance group or have your entire choir join in.
Other titles featured on the new Showbiz! DVD include:
Con la Musica (Althouse)
Get Happy (Arr. Kern)
I Have a Voice (Althouse) (sign language)
If I Only Had a Brain (Arr. Albrecht)
Let Me Entertain You (Arr. Shackley)
Singing A-Round (Albrecht)
Tama Tu (A Maori Proverb) (Albrecht)
The Time Warp (Arr. Beck)