By Gini Davis
The Creswell Chronicle
A “Finding Neverland” medley and selection of other songs took audience members on what Creswell Middle School Choir Director Erik Telfer termed a “‘Peter Pan excursion” during the choir’s Spring Concert, held May 23 in the school cafetorium.
The first half of the concert, however, was dedicated to songs the choir sang earlier in the year at two annual festivals: the Oregon Children’s Choral Festival in January and the Music in the Parks Festival on May 6, where the choir placed first in the Mixed Choir A division with an Excellent rating.
After the concert opened with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” the choir moved into “Kuimba!” by Victor C. Johnson.
“River Run,” by Bruce and Jennifer Searl and Chris Dobson featured Akasha Lawson on rain stick, Jaydee Voigt on shaker and Emily Plourde, who led the rain sounds.
The choir wrapped the first part of their concert with “Jai Ho,” arranged by Mark Brymer.
A four-song “Finding Neverland” medley included “Neverland,” “Believe,” “When Your Feet Don’t Touch the Ground” and “Stronger.”
“Alfred” the stuffed alligator sat with the choir onstage for the delightful American round, “Alligator.”
Emma Maness played cajon and Plourde played shaker on “Lost Boy,” by Ruth B.
On the X Ambassadors cover, “Renegade,” Angel LaRiccia played ukulele, Gabby Halgren played cajon, Sarah Mullen played shaker and Arian Lawson played tambourine.
The choir closed their concert with “Lean on Me,” by Bill Withers, which featured Justyn Watt on cajon.
At the end of the concert, a 13-minute video retrospective was shown, covering the choir’s 2916-17 performance year.
Recognizing Creswell School Board members and CMS Principal Shirley Burrus in the audience, Telfer said he “really, really appreciates all the support for music in our schools; I’m so thankful (our school board and administration) believe it is important.”