Columbia Middle School chorus pupils rehearse for their spring concert, Remember When ... A Night of '50s, '60s and '70s Superhits, under the direction of Phillip Street.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
Columbia Middle School's band and chorus will take a trip to the recent past in a Tuesday concert, performing hits from such groups as the Supremes, the Jackson 5 and The Mamas and The Papas.
The event could just as easily feature songs from Three Dog Night, because the concert will showcase hits from three decades, will benefit animals including dogs and will take place at night.
Katie Bennett, the school's band director, said this is the school's third benefit for Happy Tails animal shelter.
"They are extremely appreciative of the donations and the support they get from the kids."
The spring concert, titled Remember When ... A Night of '50s, '60s and '70s Superhits,, will begin at 7 p.m. inside the school's gym at 6000 Columbia Road.
Admission is free, but donations of money and pet supplies such as cat or dog food and cat litter also will be accepted for Happy Tails Rescue.
The Columbia County animal-rescue organization fosters stray or rescued animals until they can be placed in permanent homes.
While preparing for Tuesday's concert, Columbia Middle pupils got a lesson in musical history, Bennett said.
Emily Angleton (front) and Stephanie Flowers rehearse with the Columbia Middle School band for their spring concert Remember When ... A Night of '50s, '60s and '70s Superhits.
Photo by Jim Blaylock
The night's repertoire includes works of celebrated artists from before the pupils were born. Bennett said the selections will include the Supremes' Stop! In the Name of Love; the Jackson 5's I'll Be There; California Dreamin' by the Mamas and the Papas; Shop Around by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles; and several pieces from K.C. and the Sunshine Band.
"And they are dressing up in period costumes," Bennett said, adding that a flamboyant show is planned with plenty of fun music, dancing and costumes.
The choral pupils plan to dance to the hits in the attire of the era. The school's art pupils created all of the props and backdrops for the event.
For more information, call the school at 541-0744.
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