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Hannibal Courier - Post - Hannibal, MO
  • Lighting up the night: HHS show choir to feature more members

  • When Hannibal High School’s show choir, River City Revue, steps onto the stage for the first time during the upcoming school year, fans of the group will notice something different – more young people dancing and singing.
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  • When Hannibal High School’s show choir, River City Revue, steps onto the stage for the first time during the upcoming school year, fans of the group will notice something different – more young people dancing and singing.
    “We have 37, which is 10 more kids than a year ago,” said Sara Kurz, who along with Kate Fuller serve as directors of the performance group. “It’s the biggest show choir in my 11 years here.”
    According to Kurz, a portion of the growth is due to several members of the HHS band who have decided to be a part of both the school’s instrumental music program and show choir this school year.
    “They have friends in the choir and have seen how much fun it is,” she said.
    The added numbers will help River City Revue when it participates in various competitions, where it frequently finds itself going up against teams that feature 50 performers.
    “It’s great for us,” said Kurz of having additional dancer/singers. “Having additional people will make it a more even ‘playing field.’”
    In competitions, groups are expected to sing five songs, to which they dance to four. This week the show choir is being introduced to its new dance routines by choreographer Anne Chapman of Fort Madison, Iowa.
    “The moves can be pretty complicated,” said Kurz, who has been impressed by not only how quickly returnees are picking up the new moves, but by the progress being shown by the rookies. “The new kids are not doing too bad. As for the kids who were with us last year, it’s fun to see how much quicker they’re picking it up this year.”
    Kurz, who says having more participants has been “enjoyable,” is especially delighted by the group’s vocal ability.
    “I was impressed with the amount of sound they were giving us on the first day,” she said. “They were singing out and sounding really good together.”
    Kurz acknowledges that this year’s show, entitled “Light Up the Night,” won’t be a finished product when the show choir’s week of work wraps up today (Friday).
    “We’ll keep working on it during rehearsal time once the school year starts until it’s ready to go,” she said, noting that the first of a handful of competitions for the HHS show choir won’t take place until February.
    Page 2 of 2 - Not only will River City Revue be working on its competition program in the weeks ahead, but also on the routine that it will present during the upcoming teacher workshop.
    To help defray the cost of attending competitions, the show choir will be staging a rummage sale from 7 a.m. until noon Saturday, Aug. 2, in the high school cafeteria.
     

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