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Fantasy of Stars dazzles at multi-school event

Bear Rivers’ Fantasy of the Stars, during one of their performances. Photo by Hailey Juergenson

The community is singing the praises of Fantasy of Stars.

Bear River performers, accompanied by several visiting schools, showcased their skills in a two-hour production on March 3rd and 4th. It continued Bear River’s annual tradition of the show choir’s artistry.

Bear River’s Music Director and host of Fantasy of Stars, David Ahrens explained the concept behind “Fantasy.”

“Fantasy of Stars is an invitational Show Choir and Jazz Choir festival,” he said. “It’s a Bear River event, we host it. We have been a part of it since the beginning, so going on 26 years now.”

Mr. Ahrens went on to elaborate where the show was hosted before the theater was constructed and who some of  the returning performers were.

“It wasn’t always hosted on campus due to us not having a theater 26 years ago,” he said. “So it was hosted in such places such as the Miners Foundry, and sometimes in the MPR. … Enterprise High School has been here the most. They are kind of one of our favorites to be performing with. They were at the very first two, and now they have been at the last ten, so they definitely have made themselves known.”

He further spells out his favorite part about Fantasy.

“When it’s over, don’t get me wrong it’s my favorite performance because it’s exclusively a Choir and Band performance,” he said. “But it is extremely stressful and there so much that needs to go into it to make it happen. So even though I love it, I love it more when it done.”

Starlite performers and juniors Tiana Langseth and Matt Snyder explained why they love performing in Fantasy.

“I love being in Fantasy,” said Langseth. “I love the people and it is just super fun because we all have a great time together even when we’re not performing.”

“I really dig music, and I really love the energy the crowd gives, plus we all did it for Joe and Jude,” said Snyder. “We all gave it our very best and I bet if they were still here right now, Jude would have been on that stage killing it in Band and Joe would have been in that audience cheering him on.”

Senior trombone player and Starlite performer Rowan Williams explained why he enjoys performing in Fantasy.

“I love entertaining the audience, and being able to make this experience into something the audience will always remember,” he said.

Junior Camlyn Carpio, who attended the show, expressed an enthusiastic opinion on how it went.

“It was super exciting, and I loved Starship [Enterprise High School’s Show Choir],” she said. “They had a so much energy and were the most fun to watch.”

Junior Julia Bohn explained in detail how she liked the show.

“I loved it, all the performances for the other schools were great and they all sounded great,” she said. “But my favorite performances are split between Starship and Starlite. Everyone was fantastic and was always smiling and if  I had the opportunity I would definitely go again.”

She continued with a great review of Starship.

“Starship did great,” she said. “They definitely had a lot more complicated dancing and singing numbers. Plus after the show, with the people I talked to, everyone was super nice and I could tell that they just love coming here and putting on the best show they could for us.”

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Fantasy of Stars dazzles at multi-school event