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October 27, 2023. Behind the scenes of a spooktacular musical performance.

Becky Barus
Hun’s orchestra performing

With the orchestra starting it off, they were ready to begin. 

In any performance, it’s natural to get nervous or stressed. Presentations, a sports game, a theatrical performance, etc. These are all things that may make us nervous, maybe even excited. It’s a shared feeling. When watching a performance, we normally don’t think about how the performers are feeling but the truth is, they are feeling these same things. 

Allie Devlin, a part of the orchestra says “This is my first time performing at Hun, I’m a bit nervous. I have a couple of solo parts and it’s been three years since the last time I’ve performed.” This is a prime example of getting nervous before a performance

Although many people get nervous during a public performance, many also get excited. Ceejay Thomas, a singer in the chorus brings light to this “I used to be in my old school’s chorus, I get pretty excited. I just try not to think of any bad thoughts and take deep breaths and do vocal warm-ups” 

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Hun’s Choir Performing, by Becky Barus

Vocal warm-ups are a great way to prepare yourself, but there are other ways to get mentally and physically prepared for a public performance. Aleeza Mirza for example “[talks] with friends and gets last-minute practice in,” while Lauren Fleisher and a couple of others have a tradition that they do before every performance, taking a selfie before every concert. All these things give comfort and familiarity to those about to perform and that helps with their nerves. 

After the spooktacular performance, the performers were treated to snacks and water. Mya Smith was one of many excited before the concert and afterward was able to say that she was “relieved and glad we pulled it off.” Everyone gets nervous once in a while and although these performers were feeling that way too, everything worked out. It’s natural to feel these things but it’s also natural for others to also feel the same way; lets not forget that. 

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