With another Western New York winter nearly upon us, we're reminded that there's no business like snow business. But amidst all the agony of shoveling, plowing and sliding off icy roads, it's nice to take a chance to acknowledge the majesty and excitement of winter. On Dec. 1, fifth-grade students at Southwestern Elementary School celebrated the beauty of the season with a wonderful winter choral performance of ''Snow Biz!'' under the direction of Mrs. Darlene Hetrick. ''Snow Biz!'' not only showcased the students instrumental and vocal talents, but also their theatrical abilities. Musical numbers such as "Snow Angel," "There's No School Tomorrow" and "Don't Let the Snow Stop" were punctuated with costumed students performing choreographed routines and telling seasonal jokes, delighting the captivated audience. Students dressed as ''shredders'' (snowboard enthusiasts), snow angels, ice fisherman, and various other winter roles for the show.
''Snow Biz!'' is the result of months of dedication and hard work by the fifth-grade chorus, their parents, and Mrs. Hetrick. Choral students arrive at school early to practice and prepare for such events and can regularly be seen, waiting in eager anticipation, for the doors to open. In addition, Mrs. Hetrick and the students received invaluable volunteer help from Mrs. Vita Damon and Mrs. Amanda Laurin.
December first marked the Snow Biz! debut with three back-to-back performances; one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and finally a show in the evening. The Southwestern fifth-grade chorus will give several community performances during the rest of the month of December. ''Snow Biz!'' is a fantastic way to kick off the winter season.
Southwestern Elementary School fifth-graders celebrated the season with a choral performance of ‘‘Snow Biz!’’