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Choir achieves success in broadway performance

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Choir’s performance on Tuesday night attracted an audience of all ages. The performance marked the 7th annual “Broadway Night” showcase that the choir has held.

Students who participated in Tuesday night’s performance said they had spent lots of time prior to the show practicing their skills.

“We have to practice every class period and sometimes after school,” sophomore choir member Jonathan Miller said. “There are a lot of fast passages and with music and timing, you just can’t slack off.”

Some students work with private voice teachers during class to improve their skills, hopeful that their extra work will pay off in their public recitals.

I am always looking for ways to improve my skills,” sophomore choir member Emily Schultz said. “I am in private lessons so during class periods I go in and practice with my instructor. It’s a lot of work but it pays off.”

A lot more preparation goes into the choir performances than just rehearsals. The students involved are required to audition for the part they want in the show.

“There is an audition and you sing in front of our head director, Mr. Zook,” Schultz said. “Depending on how you sound, he will tell you if you make it or not. It was a nervous experience for me but it was worth it when I was told I made the cut.”

The students that participated were excited that they received a positive response from parents, teachers, and community members on Tuesday night.

“I love the energy that the crowd gives back to us,” Schultz said. “They are just so nice and polite and nobody really notices if you make mistakes and that’s what makes the experience feel a lot less competitive.”

Some students felt that the performance was more enjoyable if they didn’t focus on small mistakes and instead embrace the opportunity to showcase their skills in front of the community.

“I do it just for fun because I love to sing and I try not to worry too much about the competition,” Schultz said. “I found the show to be a lot more fun by enjoying being up on the stage doing what I love to the best of my ability.”

 

 

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