Weekend rock starsMP high school show choir, InMotion, takes the stage for first performance of year
BY KARYN SPORY
Mt. Pleasant News
Anyone standing outside of the Mt. Pleasant High School gymnasium may have thought they were stepping into a rock concert Saturday night, and they would have been right.
The roar of the crowd rose as the lights dimmed and the fifty members of Mt. Pleasant’s show choir InMotion took the stage. For a split second all anyone could see was the shimmer of the girls’ sequin dresses under the neon lights, and then they began to sing. It was a bona fide rock show.
“This is probably going to be one of our best years,” professed senior Trever Linkin. “Our soloists are really good and to see them perform and to demonstrate their skill to the crowd, it’s going to be great.”
Linkin said he also thought it was going to be a fun year as well, mostly because of their instructor.
“Mrs. D (DePriest) has done an amazing job. I’m very glad I got to spend my senior year with her.”
Marlene DePriest had been the middle school’s show choir, Chain Reaction, coach until this past year when she became the high school vocal instructor. “It’s going really well. No blackouts this year,” she joked, referring to the minor blackout that occurred during the invitational last year.
DePriest said the show wouldn’t be possible without the support of the community. “This community is so giving and so supportive, we couldn’t do it without the parents and the music boosters,” she said.
Saturday night was the 24th annual Music in Motion Show Choir Invitational and the first time InMotion would perform for the year.
“This is their first debut and with everything, we want to take this energy and build and grow upon it. These kids have a way of doing that,” said DePriest.
There wasn’t necessarily a theme to this year’s show, DePriest said, just “songs the kids love to perform.”
Senior Molly Hill said her favorite song was the fourth one, “Freddy Said.” “It’s a mash-up and it’s a really fun, sassy song.”
Hill was in the choir room, hours before the performance, helping her younger counterparts prepare for their performance. “I’m really excited for tonight,” she said. “Other than working with Mrs. Depriest, which is always a joy, I love the dynamic of show choir. It’s always fun.”
“I’m very excited,” freshman Alyssa Striegel said as Hill did her hair.
Striegel performed as part of Chain Reaction last year. “I always looked up to the older kids and was so excited to join them on stage this year. It’s been a joy and they’ve really accepted me as a freshman.”
The invitational began at 12:30 p.m. and didn’t end until nearly 10 p.m. Mt. Pleasant performed in exhibition following the finals.
Finalists included The Noteables from Peakin, Ill., River City Review of Hannibal, Mo., and Davenport Central’s Blue Vibrations. Central Singers, Inc., out of Davenport Central took first runner up and Cedar Rapids Xavier’s group, Xhilaration, took home the trophy.
InMotion will perform this year at Pella, Benton, Central Lee and Ft. Madison.