For the past two nights, Loeb Performing Arts Center at West Coulter and Greene streets has been the scene of choreographed a cappella performances that would have fans of Glee on their feet.
Germantown Friends School’s A Cappella Fest is a longtime community tradition that has grown in size and popularity in recent years. Tickets are now sold two weeks in advance of the event where singing ensembles have stepped up the competition with dance routines, costumes and light shows in an attempt to outdo each other. “I tell you, it gets better and better every year,” said Mary Ann Case, the show manager.
This year, groups serenaded the audience with arrangements of popular songs by artists like Rihanna, Christina Aguilera and LMFAO.
Students in Germantown Friends School’s a cappella group prepared for the annual festival during lunch periods several times a week and also held weekend rehearsals.
Graduating senior Rebecca Blaich, 18, is the group’s student director. “We’ve been working really hard this whole year,” said Blaich. “I’m a little upset it’s my last Fest. We love each other, and are really like a family.”
Blaich’s mother said she is happy to see several area schools participate in the show. “I think it’s great that parents in other areas support the arts,” said Mary Blaich.
Saturday night also included performances from Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Hilltones and Laurelei, Penn Charter Quaker’s Dozen and the Keystone State Boychoir.