Change was in the air for the 28th annual Copacabana on March 9, 2013. The planning committee shook things up in terms of venue and food. Students performed on stage in the Burkley Fine Arts Center rather than on risers in the gym, and a dessert bar was included in the price of tickets instead of a full meal, which was typically provided in previous years.
Although very skeptical at first, Connie Schouboe, art teacher, said, “I thought it went very well. We were nervous because of the new format, but it went great. The sound system was good and performances went well. I don’t think anyone missed being in the gym. Copacabana was held in the Fine Arts Center because there was always trouble getting enough people to volunteer in order to serve the whole meal, plus there was always something going wrong with the sound system.”
When Copacabana was held in the gymnasium, the sound crew had to move the entire sound system from the BFAC to the mezzanine. After all of this work, there was still an abundance of microphone malfunctions. So many malfunctions, in fact, that a few performers actually had to go back on stage for a second time and try again to sing for the crowd. This year, in the BFAC, there were no major issues with the sound system. All songs were performed without a hitch.
“It kind of seemed like just another concert, rather than the normal ‘talent show’. The performances sounded really good and there was a lot more respect given to the performers in the BFAC than in the gym,” Anna Mach ’14 said.
There were several volunteers who guarded the doors in order to keep people from entering or exiting the Fine Arts Center while students were on stage, so there was far less commotion during performances than usual. Vocal music teacher Brent Roby got new laser lights that also elevated the performances.
To add to the list of advantages of using the BFAC, the chairs are much easier to sit in for hours than the hard bleachers in the gym. Performers and spectators alike said that being in the BFAC made Copacabana a much more pleasant experience.