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Spooktacular children’s concert encourages imagination

The Hastings Middle School Spiral Singers performed at the children’s concert in costume. (Star Gazette photo by Michelle Wirth)

The Children’s Concert hosted by the Hastings High School Orchestra Program was held on Oct. 27 in the Hastings High School Auditorium. The concert featured performances by the Hastings High School Orchestra, the Pinecrest Choir under the direction of Lisa Poncelet and the Hastings Middle School Spiral Singers under the direction of Cheryl Borgen.

This year’s theme was Spooktacular: Things that go bump in the night. Three children’s books were read throughout the program including “I Need My Monster,” “Something Might Happen,” and “Scaredy Squirrel at night.”

Andrea Scheuzger, concert director, said the children’s concert is a way for children to have exposure to imagination, which is why three stories are read throughout the program. The music acts as an underscore for the stories, she said.

Everyone on stage was dressed in a costume. The Pinecrest Choir were dressed like lemurs, the orchestra was instructed to wear costumes of creatures you might find in the night, and the Spiral Singers also wore a variety of costumes.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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