Parental Writes #11- Show Choir!

I don’t know about you, but when I was in high school, there wasn’t a “Show Choir”. We had “Swing Choir” which was basically this:

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Stand and sing cheesy arrangements of pop songs. Or, more accurately, sway and sing cheesy arrangements of pop songs.

Now this may be more of a Midwest thing, at least before Glee came along, but at many schools Show Choir is HUGE! 20-25 minute set, non-stop choreography, elaborate costumes, props, and scenery, 50+ members, rockin’ backup bands, crew members crawling in and under the stages, etc…

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Yep, that’s a figure skater. On a fake ice sheet. Crazy! And hugely popular. This group went undefeated and won the National Championship a few years ago.

Now, Glee may be able to do stuff like this,

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but that’s a tad impractical for the real world.

Duncan just finished up a Show Choir camp last week at Suzanne’s school, which just happens to have one of the top Show Choirs in the country. He was one of 5 boys in the camp – elementary AND Junior High. Someday, that might be a really awesome ratio to him. Someday. Probably sooner than I think.

Anyhoo, they all got a taste of what it takes to be in a successful choir. He seemed to have a good time. A buddy of his took it as well so that helped. They did a medley from “Frozen” (I know, I know…) and the choreography (taught by a couple of high school students) was already fancier than anything we did in high school:

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(Not actually my high school)

*Full Disclosure*

I have emceed the competition at my wife’s school for the last 15 or so years. Typical outfits are the following:

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–Originally posted on Tumblr.com
Copyright 2014 – Paul Reyburn

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Paul Reyburn Paul has been an actor/director in the Twin Cities area for over 30 years and is very active in the MN theater community. His kid is really cool! He also writes the "Parental Writes" blog at https://www.tumblr.com/blog/parentwrites