After being absent from the curriculum for more than five years, show choir is back at Scott High School. This spring is a trial run for the choir to see whether it will work again at the school; the group's future will be based on this spring's success and student interest, among other things. If the outlook is positive, there will be auditions in May for next year's show choir.
The show choir's first performance is April 19 for family members. The first public performance is during Scott's annual spring concert, which takes place at 6 p.m. April 24. The spring concert also features the Scott High School chorus, band and jazz band as well as the Madison Middle School band and chorus.
"The best way to understand show choir is to see one perform. Therefore, I invite everyone to come to the spring concert this year and see the show choir for themselves," said Matthew Sparks, Scott's show choir director and the general music teacher at Madison Middle School.
The show choir, which has 28 members, rehearses one or two times a week. When the first performance rolls around, the students will have about four months of practice under their belts. Their performance includes three songs: "Unwritten" by Natasha Bedingfield, "Down to the River to Pray" by Alison Krauss and "Livin' on a Prayer" by Bon Jovi.
As for costumes, the girls will wear black dresses and the guys will wear suits for the first two numbers. After a costume change, they will all wear '80s costumes they have designed themselves for "Livin' on a Prayer."
There are only two things required to become a member of the Scott High School show choir. First, you must be enrolled in either band or chorus class. Second, and more importantly, you must pass an audition."I am very proud of all the members of the Scott High show choir and congratulate them on their accomplishments thus far," said Sparks. "The show choir members have been working extremely hard both during rehearsal and on their own at home. I look forward to a very successful end to this semester as we continue building towards future success for this program."