'Night On The Town' Saturday at YHS

Yosemite High School music department will present 30 musical numbers

editor@sierrastar.comFebruary 25, 2014 

Tickets are going fast for Yosemite High School's Sixth Annual "Nite on the Town," a musical extravaganza to raise funds for the school's music department, that will be held 7-9 p.m. Saturday in the YHS Baker Gymnasium.

"As always we want to provide a tremendous experience for our guests," said Yosemite High Band Director Randy Hyatt. "This is a classy event, and we encourage the community to pull out those fancy clothes and get ready to be entertained by some great performers."

Hyatt said that in addition to the entertainment, Dena Boortz and the school's culinary arts class are preparing chocolate covered strawberries and "their out of this world desserts" for the evening.

About 30 numbers will be presented by the Yosemite band, jazz band, percussionists, concert choir, brass ensemble, chamber singers, wind ensemble, and soloists on four stages during the evening.

Musical numbers will include "Hernando's Hodeway," "The Great Locomotive chase," "Chim Chimonery," "Route 66," "Rhythm of Life," "Hocus Pocus," "Cool Blues of Trombones," and "Aladdin."

Highlights of the evening will include:

Ben Hartesveldt: The senior is in advanced choral, advanced drama, and will be playing the villain in the school's April 23-25 production of Disney's "Beauty and the Beast."

Hartesveldt, an Eagle Scout, is also a member of the YHS mock trial, water polo, and swim teams. He has been selected to perform as a soloist at the Region 7 Arts and Education Summit on Fresno March 6.

One of the facilitators of the summit attended last year's "Nite on the Town," and after seeing Hartesveldt's solo performance, invited him to perform for the summit.

Hartesveldt will perform "Me" with Kailyn Hammerling, who has the role of Beauty in "Beauty and the Beast.' Hammerling will also perform "Belle" from the musical.

Eddie Nixon: The senior has spent several years as a student and a teacher with Vision Academy of the Arts. He provides private guitar lessons to children of the Mountain Area.

Nixon comes from a musical family, including his grandmother, Edna Garibedian, who is a professional opera singer, and his father, Boris Nixon, a professional cellist whose hands were used in the movie "The Soloist."

He has auditioned for many college music departments and has been accepted to attend UCLA. Nixon, who has the role of the Beast in the upcoming musical, will perform "4 and 20" Saturday night.

Jeff Foster and Erik Strauss will be performing a Marimba Duet. Foster, an outstanding swimmer and water polo player at YHS, is drum line captain for the Badger band.

Jamie Hellwig and Elaine Wilkinson are freshmen. Wilkinson is a Glacier High student who participates in the YHS band and jazz band. Hellwig also plays in the Jazz Band.

Kenny Jeffries, Adam Scott and Gregory Royse, members of the YHS Academic Decathlon team that recently won Yosemite's 21st consecutive county titles, will be performing as a wind instrument trio.

Doors for "Nite on the Town"open at 6 p.m. for attendees to browse the silent auction tables featuring a variety of items including a two-night stay in Pismo Beach at the Hilton Garden, one night stay with breakfast at Tenaya Lodge, one night stay at Narrow Gauge Inn, one night stay at Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino with buffet dinners, Bass Lake Water Sports jet ski rental, Yosemite Dance Company one month family membership, four Fresno Grizzlies tickets, and four one-day passes to Disneyland.

Tickets for the two-hour show are $20 in advance and $25 the day of the show, and Hyatt said tickets are going fast.

"This year we have more corporate tables than ever, and we appreciate that support," Hyatt said. "And you don't want to miss the treasures at this year's silent auction."

Details: Randy Hyatt, (559) 683-4667, ext. 243.

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