'Christmas Spectacular' this weekend at PHS

PLYMOUTH — This weekend is Plymouth High School’s 4th annual gigantic Christmas variety show. The event is Sunday at 3 p.m. and as always, it will feature more than 300 music students in the band, choir, and orchestra departments.
“There are several numbers where all the students are on the stage at once, and we had to customize (those songs) to include everyone,” said PHS band director Bryan Ames.
The theme of this year’s show is “Christmas Around the World,” and will include pieces from many different countries. Ames noted that many traditional Christmas carols actually have roots in other countries, so audiences will be able to recognize them.
“The Little Drummer Boy is actually a traditional Czech piece,” said Ames. “All the music in the program is from different cultures…we purposely picked that (theme) to meet state standards.”
Ames said the biggest challenge for this show is dealing with the large cast and keeping the action moving from one song to the next.
“It takes a lot of work, and a lot of thought ahead of time…to make everything go smoothly,” said Ames. “There’s never a point when the show stops, it just continuously moves forward.”
Each group is planning to provide some comic relief for audiences either between or during songs.
“Even though we do a lot of traditional pieces, every group tries to do some things that are fun and comical,” said Ames. “I think the audience will really enjoy that.”
Admission for this show is $5 for adults and $3 for students and tickets are available only at the door.  Donations of food items will be accepted to be given to local food pantries for the holiday season.  Proceeds from the Christmas Spectacular show help enhance the music programs at Plymouth High School.
“This event has grown into one of our largest musical events of the year. It is the one time you get to see the entire music department on stage at once working to combine their talents. This is a must-see show for anyone that enjoys the high school music department,” said Ames.
For more information or questions, call Plymouth High School at 574-936-2178.