Disney comes to LB


photo by Amanda Hendrix

Sophomore Johnaton Brinson sings a solo during the Disney concert.


On Oct. 18, a horde of young Cinderellas, Belles and Elsas descended upon the Little Theatre to view the LB Chorus’ Children’s Concert. The children’s concert, often dubbed the Disney concert, is a choral arrangement of songs from Disney musicals such as Mulan or Snow White. This year, there was a notable addition of songs from the feature film Frozen.

Frozen, the highest-grossing animation in film history, earned more than $1 billion at the box office, and its soundtrack spent numerous weeks at the top of the Billboard 200 record ranking chart. With the addition of Frozen to the mix of older Disney tunes, the audience was blown away by the performance.

“The children’s concert felt…magical,” junior Liz Barr said.

Another audience member, senior Amber Kreiensieck, agreed with Barr’s approval of the show.

“The Disney concert had a great flow and the singers really connected to the crowd,” she said.

The attendees were not the only ones impressed by the children’s concert. Before, during and after the show, the chorus was ecstatic to be singing their favorite Disney songs with their friends.

“Our group did amazingly; we performed to the best of our abilities and brought smiles to the faces of all the children,” junior Kayley Manarchuck said. “Even with the addition of Frozen, the children loved the old as well as the new.”

Not only does the Disney concert bring smiles to singers and listeners, but it also brightens the day for local homeless and impoverished families.

The cost of admission is $2 or two cans of preserved food—all of which is donated to a local charity, Ecumenical Community Helping Others (ECHO). An all-volunteer agency located in Springfield, ECHO gives food and financial aid to low-income residents of Burke and Springfield.

“The Children’s Concert is a phenomenal experience,” senior Nick Johnston said. “Not only do we get to hear everyone’s incredible voices, but we also get to see a theater full of smiling faces and the knowledge that all the donations collected are going to a good, charitable cause with the ECHO foundation.”

The children’s concert has been a fixture for the chorus since 2002, and will continue to be a part of the choral program for many years to come.
“[The Disney Concert] has stayed largely the same with additions when a new musical comes out,” chorus director Mary DeMarco said. “The [chorus] kids love it. They’re more excited than the 4 year olds are.”