There will be some joyful noise going on in the Art Fuller Auditorium at Kennewick High on Dec. 18-19 when the music students from Park Middle School and Kennewick High present the Joyful Celebration musical revue starting at 7 p.m. each night.
Kennewick High’s music director Debi Eng melded together four scenes in the two-act holiday show, which includes a melting pot of ethnic songs featuring six choirs from both schools.
“I wanted a joint effort to bring us together as a choral unit from the east end of Kennewick,” Eng said. “All six choirs will be singing pieces individually, and many together. There are 24 songs total, three of which are singalongs where the audience can join.”
The guest performer for the show will be Allen Johnson, a Tri-City actor, musician, psychologist and filmmaker. He’ll be the show’s narrator, among other things.
“I provide a bit of comic relief and a touch of old-timer ham to the show,” Johnson said. “Debi’s music students are enthusiastic, talented and hard working. A joy to work with. They make me feel like a kid myself. If I can teach them a couple dance steps or coach them in projecting their personality, then I’m having fun.”
Eng said Johnson will be the glue that moves the show from scene to scene.
“He plays a grandpa going to his girls’ holiday concert in scene one, and for scene two, he serves a narrator by feeding the audience trivia on songs from the movies,” Eng said. “In scene three, he’ll be a scholar from France who introduces our ethnic set, and in scene four, he’ll be a street musician who guides the cast and audience through the singalong. He’ll then wrap it up with a personal story.”
Tickets to the show cost $5, and ages 2 and younger are free. Tickets are available at the Music Machine in downtown Kennewick or at the door.
“I love doing original productions,” Eng said. “This production is complete with beautiful projections of winter images to go along with the various songs.”
There will be an eclectic mix of sets for each scene, and a live video feed of the show will be projected on a large screen throughout the evening.
“With so much discord, hate and troubles in the world, it’s so nice to see 125-plus kids doing something positive together,” Eng said. “For two nights, we will experience a little holiday joy to put us in the mood to do our holiday shopping.”