Story by Kalyn Payton
Movies, TV shows, Broadway. There’s never been a more exciting time to be a singer.
If you’ve ever wanted to experience the energy and excitement of the vocal performances you’ve seen on the big screen or stage, you are in luck. The 4th annual A CAPPELLA-CON will be held here at McQueen this Saturday, Sept. 10.
The high-energy singing and performing workshop will be led by Paul Sperrazza, a professional singer who has entertained audiences from Walt Disney World to the Luxor in Vegas. Sperrazza is also known for his A cappella workshops, Fearless Performing 101.
All WCSD high school students are welcome to attend. The Saturday workshop will be held from 9:00 A.M. to 3:00 P.M. in the school’s big gym. The cost, which includes lunch and an A CAPPELLA-CON t-shirt, is $15. The deadline for early registration has passed, but sign-ups will be taken at the door on Saturday morning.
McQueen students who have participated in the past said the experience was invaluable.
“I’m more comfortable with being myself when I’m performing because of this workshop,” senior Heather Gonzales said. Gonzales has participated in each of Sperrazza’s workshops.
After workshops and rehearsals, participants will put on a concert for their families and friends in the school’s little theatre. The concert will begin at 1:30 P.M.
In the past, songs such as “Counting Stars,” “We Are Young,” and “Uptown Funk” have been performed. Sperazza uses popular songs and mashes them up for all of the students to perform while he beatboxes (a vocal imitation of a sound machine). Sperrazza also utilizes technology to “loop” his voice and create background music for everyone to sing along to.
A CAPPELLA-CON is intended to help students build confidence, fearlessness, and learn what it takes to perform on stage.
McQueen High School’s choir teacher, Ms. Burt, thinks the workshop is a great opportunity. When asked what she wants students to gain from this workshop, she said, “Oh, fearless performing of course!”
For more information about Paul Sperrazza and his workshops go to www.fearlessperforming101.com.