Show Choirs invade Mt. Pleasant on Saturday
High energy, flashy dancing and beautiful music will combine together again on Saturday, Feb. 2 for the Mt. Pleasant Community High School “Music InMotion” Show Choir Invitational. With 17 show choirs competing, the full day of entertainment gets under way at 9:00 a.m. at the high school.
Prep show choirs are the beginning-level choirs from the largest high schools and they will start off the day. Prep show choirs competing will be from Davenport West, North and Central high schools, Muscatine, Iowa City City High, Cedar Rapids Xavier and Keokuk.
In addition to the above named schools, competing in Classes 3A and 4A are Ft. Madison, Bettendorf and St. Thomas Aquinas from Kansas.
Mt. Pleasant’s two show choirs do not compete as the host schools, however, they perform in exhibition. Mt. Pleasant Middle School’s Chain Reaction, under the direction of vocal music instructor Marlene DePriest, will perform at 5 p.m. They will sing “Route 66/Born to be Wild,” “Don’t Forget Me” and “Miami 2017/Lost Highway.”
The high school’s InMotion choir, under the direction of Phil Schroetter, will perform while judges are tabulating final scores at around 9:30 p.m.
InMotion’s show includes “Dreams,” “Let Me Be Your Star/Seize the Day” with soloist Brianne Holtkamp, “I Only Know How to Love” with soloists Kyle DePriest and Blake Wickham, “Some Nights” featuring Garrett Carlston and “Trespassing” with soloist Halona Poor.
The highest scoring show choirs from the daytime competition will go on to compete in the finals round that evening.
Most of these groups range from 36-50 singer-dancers, not including the numerous band and crew members. Adding in the prep choir members some schools are bringing up to 80 students involved in creating their show, according to Schroetter.
“All of these students commit many hours outside of school each week to make their show competitive,” Schroetter said. “And that is on top of all the athletic activities, academic, speech, theater and other music commitments many of them are involved in as well.”
All performances are held in the gymnasium. Lunch breaks and dinner breaks are scheduled and a full kitchen and concession stand are available on-site. Finals competition gets underway at 7:00 p.m. There is an admission charge for adults. Children under age 5 are admitted free.