Students prepare for Christmas Spectacular

PLYMOUTH — This weekend’s Christmas program at Plymouth High School will be quite a production — more than 250 students will be donning wacky costumes and singing or playing fun holiday music compilations as part of the show.
This year, the audience will travel to the North Pole, where Santa and his elves are experiencing a little holiday stress in the last few days before Christmas.
“There are definitely sections that are hysterical,” said band director Bryan Ames. “The entire jazz section is dressed as elves.”
Every effort was made to ensure the audience’s attention never wanders. According to Ames, small original skits keep the show moving while scene changes are carried out.
“It’s a pretty seamless show,” said Ames. “There is always something going on; there’s never any downtime.”
This is impressive considering that the band, choir, and theatre departments only had about a month to rehearse the show.
“It takes a lot of planning,” said Ames. “(We had to) pick music that works for everyone.”
This will be the third annual Christmas Spectacular, a program that involves the entire music department and gives students the opportunity to showcase their acting, singing, and dancing abilities. Special guest star viceprincipal Ken Olson will take the stage as “the grinch” at some point during the 90 minute show.
“It’s a lot more entertaining (than a typical concert), especially for people who don’t have kids in the show,” said Ames. “We get a lot more community members (attending the show) now. It’s a great way to get everybody in the Christmas spirit.”
The show begins at 3 p.m. Sunday, at the high school auditorium. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors, and can be purchased at the door.
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the music department.