The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

April 10, 2014

Conneaut celebrates the magic of Disney


Star Beacon

CONNEAUT — Before Conneaut students’ spring break, the high school choir and band members opened up the wonderful world of Disney to their audience.

On March 27 and 28, the Conneaut High School choir put on an excellent performance at their annual cabaret. Both the women’s and men’s choir, concert choir, and show choir performed the songs from a variety of Disney movies including, but not limited to, Peter Pan, Mulan, Beauty and the Beast, Pocahontas, and the newest Disney addition, Frozen. The program ran from 7 to 9 p.m. in the CHS cafeteria and included solos, small group and full cast performances, along with a few comical intermissions from Kyra Cobb, Scott Gerdes, and Michaela Rogers. More than 150 people from around the county were part of the audience, and many of the younger children dressed up as their favorite Disney characters.

“Cabaret was a great opportunity for our Music Department to put on a large-scale production and for all of us to have fun doing it,” said Lauren Horwood, a senior member of show choir.

Not only was the Disney theme a major part of the choir’s cabaret, but it also played a large part in the CHS band, drill team, and majorette’s spring break as well. During Conneaut’s week-long vacation, the CHS band students traveled by bus to Disney World in Orlando, Fla. From March 29 to April 2, almost every band student had the opportunity to travel across the country to experience the magic of Disney. Students enjoyed seeing the Cinderella Castle, posing for a picture in front of Sorcerer Mickey’s Hat, riding the rides and meeting their favorite Disney characters.

“It was truly a magical experience and a dream come true. The fireworks show and seeing the different kingdoms were definitely the best parts in my eyes,” said Samara Griggs, senior band member and brass section leader.

With spring comes the start of spring sports and a change in the weather. Spring sports for CHS include baseball, softball, track and tennis. Many students were excited to hit the field, track, and court, but due to weather conditions, many of their games and practices were cancelled. The copious amounts of rain that Conneaut has been experiencing in the last few weeks has led to an abundance of mud and unusually cold temperatures making activities outside difficult; coaches couldn’t help but reschedule practice and games.

The Junior Class is hoping the weather will clear up for April 18, the annual Junior Class car wash and bake sale. The car wash will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at Burdick’s Plumbing & Heating; there is no charge, but the class will be taking donations. The bake sale will be at the same time and location as the car wash and will include cupcakes, brownies, cookies and fudge. The donations that are collected from the car wash and the money collected from the bake sale will be benefiting the CHS 2014 Prom.

The 2014 prom will be held at the Warner Theater in Erie, Pa. on May 17. The prom will take place for all juniors and seniors with dinner beginning at 5 p.m. and the music turned up around 7 p.m. for a long night of dancing. CHS is also hosting an after-prom at Splash Lagoon in Erie, Pa. that will start right after prom until 3 a.m.