Everyone always dreams of going to Disney World, to walk the streets with mickey and the gang, to ride the Tower of Terror, to rock with Aerosmith on the Rockin Roller Coaster, and to have a total blast. This is exactly what Encore and Ovations got to experience in the days before spring break. On Thursday, Ovations took the stage in the middle of downtown Disney to perform. All the girls got on stage with the blue dresses that seemed to glow in the stage light, the show was on! With glowing faces and eyes gleaming, they performed “It’s Raining Men.” Katherine Sherer led the way with a solo in “Jar of Hearts.” Then things slowed down with the ballad “Landslide.” Then things cranked back up with Audrey McGill singing about how she, “Left a good job in the city.” That’s right! They did the crowd favorite “Proud Mary.” For the finale, the group tackled “Bella’s Finals” from pitch perfect with Madeline West Leading in a vocal solo.
On Saturday night, Encore took the stage as the final act of the night. With red dresses glimmering and ties tightened, they were ready to put on a show. They started the show with “Rock this Town.” Next they kept the energy up with the salsa tune “Let’s Get Loud.” They continued to dazzle the audience with a swing number “Jump, Jive, an’ Wail.” After all the energy, Encore settled down and sang a choral arrangement of “Home” with a solo to open the song by Sawyer Smith. Finally, Encore had one question for the Disney audience that just so happened to be the name of the last song, “Do You Love Me?” As the crowd cheered at the end of the show, Encore left the stage, boarded the bus, and left for Jasper.
All of the fun in the Disney Parks, and the unforgettable experience on the big stage in Downtown Disney is due to the labor of Tamara Matthews. She worked tirelessly to make sure that the tickets were purchased, the hotel rooms were booked, the buses were in order, and taking up all of the money. However, she does so much more than prepare for a trip. She also must order the clothes necessary for guys and girls to make the WHS Encore and Ovations look the best that it can. She also comes up with the songs, rehearses both groups and makes most of the choreography. This is her last year at Walker, and everyone should know the tireless hours she spends devoting herself to not only making Encore and Ovations top notch programs, but to making it fun as well.
Thanks Mrs. Matthews and happy retirement!
Encore goes to Disney World