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Lincoln High School Choir performs at City Hall

Performance helps raise awareness for upcoming school production
By: Brandon Darnell, News Messenger Reporter
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Voices ringing from the rotunda, the Lincoln High School choir class serenaded city workers Friday to raise awareness for their musical performances next week. More than 100 students from the choir, drama, dance and band will perform in “The Golden Age of Radio” on Feb. 12 and 13 at the high school theater. Tickets will be $5 per person and $3 for students. The students sang four songs at City Hall and they included some of the ones that will be performed at the show. The songs are in keeping with the Golden Age of Radio theme and include “Sentimental Journey,” “In the Mood” and “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy,” Hagman said. “The proceeds go to help the band and choir go to Monterey to compete in a festival and go to Great America,” said Cindy Hagman, Lincoln High School’s choir director. The competition will include between 12 and 20 other schools from the western United States, Hagman said. The students, Hagman said, will pay their way for everything but transportation costs, which she hopes will be covered by show proceeds at Lincoln High School. The students are excited about the competition. “This is my second year in choir,” said senior Todd Seydel. “I just really like singing. I like being up there and looking at the reactions on people’s faces when we sing.” Seydel added that he is looking forward to competing with the other schools in Monterey. Last year, Seydel said, he competed with the choir in Southern California. Although Lincoln didn’t place, he added, they received plenty of good advice and he hopes to do well this year. “I just like singing,” said junior Ashley Lokke. “It’s so much fun. I’m so excited for the competition.” Her second year in choir, Lokke said the upcoming performance will be 1940s-themed. Junior Christiana Orlove is in her first trimester with the choir class and said she “loves being able to express” her individuality. “There are 60 people in choir class,” Orlove said. “To get that many people working together is hard.” Friday’s audience enjoyed the four-song set. “I thought it was terrific,” said Bob Romness, CEO of the Lincoln Area Chamber of Commerce and director of the Lincoln Volunteer Center. “It’s just so great to see young people involved in music.” He added that Hagman does a great job with the students. “It sounds like this performance should be a lot of fun with the mix of music and dance,” Romness said. Steve Art, the economic and redevelopment manager for the city of Lincoln, said they sounded wonderful. “It was so nice during the downturn in the economy to hear such positive voices in City Hall,” Art said. “It really cheered the people up.” Art added that, if the show is anything like what he heard in City Hall, “it’ll be fantastic.” Call 300-7663 for more information about the show. The show will be held in the Lincoln High School Theatre 7 p.m. Feb. 12 and 13 at 790 J St. Brandon Darnell can be reached by e-mail at brandond@goldcountrymedia.com.