By Ruina & Ritaja
Show choir is a place for people who have a passion for both singing and dancing. We have asked both a student and a teacher – Mr. Clark, of course— questions about what they do in show choir, what they are planning to do, and the differences between show choir and chorus. In show choir, they perform outside of school and sing a lot of songs. The last time they performed, they did it at two senior homes: Sedgebrook and Harbor Chase. During the time when we were asking them these questions, they were singing Let it Snow, Santa Baby, Walking in a Winter Wonderland, Sleigh Ride, Feliz Navidad, and Happy Hanukkah.
In the future, they are going to sing an entire selection of songs called “Songs of a Disney Hero”, songs by Pinkzebra, and songs by Pentatonix. They also plan to compete against other schools in March, where they will sing for the judges to give them critique and feedback.
According to both Mr. Clark and Cheryl, show choir has more than only one or two difference from chorus. For one, in show choir, they compete against other schools. In chorus, they perform in school, not outside of school, and there are no competitions. Also, everyone can join chorus if they want to, but show choir is a selected group who have to get accepted through an audition. Another difference is that in show choir, they include choreography and dancing. In chorus, even though they sing with expression, they have no choreographed movements. The last main difference is that in chorus, they focus on the more classical, folk, and world music, whereas in show choir, they pay attention to what is more pop— and a cappella— oriented music.
But if you like to sing and dance, you should go to show choir to improve your voice. Even if you think you might not make it into show choir, if you really do like or love to sing and dance, then next year, you should go try out and see for yourself. I would take Cheryl’s word and audition for show choir.