Time Warp featured as Pops Concert finale

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The Pops Concert performers will do the “Time Warp” again this winter. First performed in 2007, “Time Warp” wraps up the 2014 Pops Concert as the finale. US Choir Director Anne Klus said, “The song is a great way to incorporate all of the almost 250 singers and instrumentalists together in a big finale to end the Pops Concert.”

“Let’s do the Time Warp again. Let’s do the Time Warp again.”

“Time Warp,” a song featured in the 1975 rock movie, The Rocky Horror Picture Show is familiar to many students at Saint Paul Academy and Summit School.  In fact, on Dec. 6 the song will be featured as the grand finale of the annual Pops Concert.

“I did not know the song “Time Warp,’ but now I really like it,” junior Rachel Hotvedt said.  Hotvedt sings with Academy Chorale.

This iconic song is not new to the SPA community.  A tradition in the theater department, “Time Warp” is used as a warmup for actors prior to productions.  Director of the Upper School theater program Eric Severson started this ritual when he came to SPA in 2001.

“I cannot fully recall what inspired me to choose that song, but I was working with a group of young people and needed something to get them energized before the show and thought that it might do the trick,” Severson said.

Severson added that “It is fun, it is frivolous, it is silly, but it works.”

Back by popular demand, this will be an encore performance of “Time Warp” at Pops. The last time it was on the Pops program was in 2007 when the concert was held in the Briggs Gymnasium on the Randolph campus.

“I think it is a lot of fun to do and all of the solos are really fun,” senior Halsey Moe said.  Moe also sings with Academy Chorale.

According to US Choir Director Anne Klus, “The song is a great way to incorporate all of the almost 250 singers and instrumentalists together in a big finale to end the Pops Concert.”

The Pops Concert begins at 7:00 p.m. at The O’Shaughnessy on the St. Catherine University campus.  Admission is free.