Music may have been the message for the 2020 Pops and Pasta Concert held Sunday January 26 in the Solberg gymnasium on the Bowman High School campus.

But the more than 50 students involved in performing the Bowman Rotary and Bowman County High School Music Department co-production made sure there was a healthy dash of comedy added to the 2020 recipe in front of approximately 300 people.

For Charmaine Martian, the director of the music department, some of the show came as a surprise, but she said she knew it was going to be good.

The performances involved the stage band and the full choir as well as small groups of students working on comedy skits, along with several solo performances.

Some of the soloists, such as Ashlynn Dix, Alison Hoff, Alyssa Buckman, Brady Hendrickson, Katelyn Griggs and Mitch Stuber would make repeated visits to the stage as part of a larger group.

For Dix and Stuber, their roles as the emcees for the evening virtually kept them on stage for most of the evening.

Among the musical performances were “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough”, “Imagine”, “In Another’s Eyes”, “Suds in a Bucket”, “Mercy” and “A Coal Miner’s Daughter.”

To add comedy to the concert, the students also performed a movie skit on how to pass a message in a movie theater, a visit to the unemployment office and an unusual fishing trip.

For the finale, a performance of the full choir, the director of the music department made sure to thank the Rotary Club, but also all of the students involved in making the production a success Sunday evening.

“There was a small group (of seniors) this year, but they have been kids that have been leading ever since their freshman year. Some kids I could always count on to have good ideas. I’ve loved seeing their faces every year and next year, I won’t,” she told the crowd. “The seniors did a great job. When I look up here, I see a bright future ahead of us and I am so excited to what the next couple of years is going to bring.”

She also thanked the school for the use of the gymnasium, the administration for supporting the music department, the Music Boosters, and all the people involved in transforming the gym for the concert after the basketball game ended Friday night.

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