North Platte High School orchestra and varsity band put on a show Tuesday, Feb. 4, and it was the second night of performances.
On Monday night, the NPHS junior varsity band and choir groups performed.
On Tuesday, Dawn Fickel directed the orchestra and Brett Bradley directed the varsity band. The theme for both performances was “A Night at the Movies.”
Meghan Ward and the AMC theater provided popcorn at no charge.
The orchestra began the show with a radio hit, Shallow, by Lady Ga Ga and Bradley Cooper from the movie A Star is Born. Whimsical melodies followed from the romantic musical La La Land.
The gentle and somber theme song of Schindler’s list featured a solo by first chair violinist Jack Carlson. Next, a dynamic arrangement of songs from the movie Titanic captivated the audience. Finally, the orchestra ended with a dramatic arrangement of songs from Slumdog Millionaire. It was a powerful performance.
The varsity band reset the stage during a brief intermission. After players took their seats and the lights were dimmed, a screen descended above the band. The opening scene of Guardians of the Galaxy came up on the screen, and the band started. Notable hits were Come and Get Your Love and Ain’t No Mountain High Enough.
The samba rhythm of It had Better be Tonight from the 1963 movie Pink Panther, was performed as clips of funny failed assassinations of the inspector played on-screen.
Start Wars, episode I began with the theme song. Eventually, the NPHS band screamed along with Jar Jar Binks and the citizens at the globe of peace ceremony in the movie. During on-screen battles, Bradley directed with a light saber, and at one point, a battle broke out in the brass section. They sat down their horns and pulled out their sabers. The band played Bradley’s favorite song, Live and Let Die, along with the dramatic boat chase scene from the 1973 James Bond movie.
The show ended with highlights of Jurassic Park 1993. And suddenly, a realistic dinosaur was creeping and leaping behind the band, lurking in the stage curtains and running down the aisles.
After the show, the audience gave a standing ovation.