Vocal music members prepare for this year’s addition of Follies
By Libby Mislan ’17
On Oct. 20, 22 and 23 the UA vocal music department is performing the annual Fall Follies. This year’s theme is Broadway and will feature numbers from classics like “The Wizard of Oz” and “Sister Act” along with songs from the new sensation, “Hamilton”.
Senior Zoe Manoukian, a four year member of women’s glee, describes what the Fall Follies show entails.
“Every year we do a performance that we call Fall Follies in which there’s an underlying theme that guides the whole show. For example, this year the theme is Broadway, so the different choirs are singing songs from a variety of shows. The women’s glee is singing Somewhere over the Rainbow from the Wizard of Oz and Raise your Voice from Sister Act,” Manoukain said.
The members of all the choirs work hard to prepare for these performances. They start rehearsing the first week of school.
“I have a blast preparing for Fall Follies,” Manoukian said. “We start rehearsing the first or second day that we start meeting as a group and then we practice two days a week until the first dress rehearsal in late October.”
The vocal music members are also very self-motivated. They work collaboratively with their teachers, Eric Kaufman and Amy Leacock, to create Fall Follies.
“[Kaufmann and Leacock] guide and conduct us but the students are the ones who show initiative,” Manoukian said. “We drive the show, we provide the passion. We also help out with costume plots and some students even choreograph the whole show,” Manoukian said.
Manoukian encourages students to come to one or all of the concert dates to support the vocal music bears.
“You only have a few chances to see a Fall Follies, so definitely come support us. Seeing a show is part of the high school experience,” Manoukian said.