There was a chill in the air on Thursday night in Missouri Metropolis as mad researchers, superheroes, goblins, ghosts and myriad other characters flocked towards Ridge Issue Superior School’s auditorium.
I arrived at the school’s annual ‘Hauncert Extravaganza’ with a spring in my stage acquiring listened to the soundtrack from Tim Burton’s 1993 cult basic “The Nightmare Before Christmas” to get into the Halloween spirit.
There were being pre-show functions to preserve younger children entertained, including an “instrument petting zoo” that allowed youngsters to test their hand at numerous string devices and a image booth.
A skeleton string quartet with a cello, viola and two violinists greeted me and other site visitors as we designed our way inside of the location, which was packed to the brim with people and learners.
Thankfully, I was tall adequate to see from the back of the standing-place-only group collected just inside of the entrance.
Henry Watts, Ridge Point’s orchestra director and a Kempner High School alumnus, was the maestro for the night. Ridge Issue and its four ensembles shared time on the stage with groups from Thornton Middle University and Baines Center School, all clad in costumes.
Below the path of Watts, Karissa Williams of Baines and Kara Hernandez of Thornton, the scholar musicians took the audience through a hair-elevating and bounce-scare-inducing journey, such as a single song where by a college student unleashed a blood curdling scream to slice through a quick silence. The group were superior sports about the scare, as several hearty laughs adopted the instant of horror.
The pieces picked for the live performance adopted the Halloween theme carefully, together with “Curse of the Rosin Feeding on Zombies” by Richard Meyer, “Kitchen Poltergeist” by Thom Sharp, “Bran Castle” by William Owens, and “Creature Feature” by Rob Romeyn.
Even though almost all the students executing were being employing string instruments of some sort, there was also a percussion portion focused to cranking out eccentric and thematic sounds and accents.