During a recent weekend, the Akron Civic Theatre was filled to the brim with talented young people as Miller South School for the Visual and Performing Arts presented “BIG SHOW 2016: American Celebrations.”
Students ranging from fourth to eighth grade sang, danced and played instruments before an audience of family, friends and members of the community.
The show featured music from occasions that call for remembrance and/or celebration throughout the year. The approximately 180 participating students paid musical tribute to holidays such as Christmas, Memorial Day, Halloween and Passover, as well as occasions like birthdays and weddings. For each of the over 30 songs performed, students donned a different costume.
For me, the most moving performance of the evening was the tribute to each branch of the armed forces as the combined choirs sang songs honoring the service of members of the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines and Coast Guard. As each individual military branch’s song was sung, members of the audience who served or are serving in that branch of the military were invited to stand as the song was played and sung.
The program also included a slide show celebrating the soon-to-be-entering-high school eighth grade class’ time at Miller South, as well as an entertaining performance of “When I’m 64” by the Miller South Vocal Parents.
Needless to say, such a large production requires a lot of staff and parent support. There was certainly no shortage of enthusiasm among those who worked hard to make the show a success. Leading the effort was Paul Stewart, Vocal Music/Artistic Director at Miller South. From choreography to costuming to ticket sales, the adults were on hand to provide Stewart and the students with the tools needed to make “BIG SHOW 2016: American Celebrations” a special evening for everyone involved.