The Gracenotes (ages 13 to 18), the Rhapsody Girls (ages 9 to 12), the Tiny Tenors (boys’ choir) and the Tiny Gracenotes (ages 5 to 8) unveiled the performance they’ve been working on since September with director Rhonda Sylvester.
The two-hour show captivated an audience that laughed, oohed and aahed. The 1:30 p.m. show was almost sold out.
Not only was the audience happy with the show, but so was Sylvester, who joined the Gracenotes on stage for a performance.
“I thought they did great,” Sylvester said. “They work really well together.”
The choreography was at times elaborate, but the Gracenotes choir made it seem effortless as singers stayed on pitch and in step with each other.
“It’s (the choreography) that’s challenging for some of them, but they always pull together in the end,” Sylvester said.
The show began with two choir members rollerskating onto the stage and somehow managing not to fall, and only got more intricate from there with stuffed animals, scarves, more stuffed animals, wrapping paper and fedoras.
The show also had more costume changes than a Katy Perry concert, ranging from evening dresses to elf costumes to pajamas.
The standout performances were the feather boa-laden “Christmas Baby Please Come Home” from the Gracenotes, “Who Put the Christmas Presents Under the Tree?” — featuring the Tiny Tenors and the Rhapsody Girls skulking around the stage with giant magnifying glasses and fedoras — and the Christmas classic “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas” from the Tiny Gracenotes, some of whom managed to procure stuffed hippopotami.
The four choirs really managed to get Stettler in the Christmas spirit, and all of them (rightly) received a standing ovation at the end.