Lights surround you. Smiles, spotlights, and music brightly light up the stage in a huge burst of excitement. And so the show begins.
The show is a collection of songs and dances, backed up by lights and instruments, all brought together within months of practicing with hard work and dedication put into the show.
Show choir encourages confidence in music and yourself. When you think of a choir, you don’t normally think of competitions; wild, crazy cheering, and chanting from an audience of people.
Nothing can ever match the adrenaline and astounding magic of being on stage. This is not a normal choir, ladies, and gentlemen.
This is show choir.
Show choir is such an amazing opportunity. Many people find out who they are and find some of the best friends they’ll have in their whole life. So, why would someone give that up?
Well, believe it or not, there are many excuses people make. “I can’t sing” and “I can’t dance” are just a few of many basic excuses people can come up with when asked, “Why don’t you do show choir?”
Well, this is what the director of a show choir is for.
The director has been taught to give constructive criticism. “Show choir directors take two years of ear training and go through college learning music theory and education,” says Ms. Amy Arinder, director of Showtime at Jackson Academy.
If you supposedly “can’t sing," your director will help you elevate the level of your skill. If you supposedly “can’t dance," it’s a choreographed show. You aren’t in any way forced to dance freestyle in front of a huge crowd and judges.
If you are worried about other activities interfering, the director can help you manage your insanely busy schedule so you will be able to do show choir.
So, conflicts are easy to avoid and easy to settle. “Like the show, there are participants who straddle the jock world and the music world," says Christopher Landis, show choir director of Broadway Bound, a high school show choir.
So, what else is holding people back?
Well, many people are familiar with that one group of classmates who are simply too cool for school. You know exactly who that is. Many people are influenced by this group’s decisions. What if that group said that show choir kids are weird?
Well, they’re not. You can guess that they are successful due to the fact that the writers of this article are, in fact, show choir kids!
If you are affected by wanting to follow this “too cool” group, you are officially challenged to step out of the box.
You are now challenged to sing, just a little bit, or even to try to go see a show choir somewhere, and to seize the opportunity right outside the door.
BELOW: LUCY ELFERT, HOUSTON HEARN, AND SAMUEL LONG AUTHORED THIS PIECE. LUCY AND HOUSTON PERFORM IN A MIDDLE SCHOOL SHOW CHOIR IN MISSISSIPPI. SAMUEL IS SET CREW FOR A HIGH SCHOOL SHOW CHOIR.