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December 17, 2011

Skating Club presents 'Holiday Extravaganza'

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PLATTSBURGH — About Bieber, Bright respects his music and what he does.

"For a grown man, it's hard to pull it off," Bright said. "When I was in sixth or seventh grade, I could sing those notes, no problem. It's not my range. I love challenges like that."

The "Holiday Extravaganza" is more a celebration than a show.

"It's a quick show to bring together," Collin said. "We don't work on it as we do the spring show. We don't have extravagant costumes. It's a nice way to give back and enjoy the holiday season and allow the community to enjoy skating, kind of a North Country thing." Last year, the Plattsburgh High School Select Vocal Ensemble was asked to sing, but there was a scheduling conflict. Founded in 2002, the ensemble is comprised of 30 students who audition.

"It's a really exciting opportunity," said William Verity, director. "We never get a chance to do something where someone is doing something active while we are performing. Usually, audience members are listening while we perform. This is totally new for us."

The ensemble's challenge is to keep the tempo.

"If they go too fast or too slow, it will be difficult for the skaters to succeed in what they are doing," Verity said. "God forbid, we mess up. Then, we're really in trouble."

Email Robin Caudell at: rcaudell@pressrepublican.com

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