Futuristic adventure fuels show-choir extravaganza

The “Northern Lights” show choir will present its annual student-written and -produced extravaganza this weekend. At center, Shannon Lee is a soloist. (submitted photo)
The “Northern Lights” show choir will present its annual student-written and -produced extravaganza this weekend. At center, Shannon Lee is a soloist. (submitted photo)

North High School's "Northern Lights" show choir will conclude its year of competition with its annual "extravaganza." The performance functions as a revue, letting the award-winning group showcase its biggest, best numbers, with the added creativity of a student-written script and student-produced performance.

In "Expiration Date 2095: A New Dawn," the citizen kids in a future dystopian world conflict with the over-controlling, authoritarian government in a world still scarred by a decades-past nuclear war. The citizens, unhappy with negligent leaders who only take for themselves, work to bring about change but run into conflict.

As the show choir's director, Peg Sorensen, explains, the production is dramatic, but not dark. There are comedic elements as the characters interact and plenty of song and dance, with the Northern Lights' special flair.

Jack Bonko, North student and lead writer on the show, adds, "It's something different from what we normally do every year." Bonko and the other choir leaders are looking forward to audience reaction to their work.

Familiar songs include Michael Jackson's "They Don't Really Care About Us," "Be Prepared" from Disney's "The Lion King," and the perfectly-themed "Radioactive" by Imagine Dragons.

The Northern Lights will also perform songs from today's airwaves, with "Clarity" by Zedd and Louisa Allen" and "Uptown Funk" by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars.

"A New Dawn" debuts April 30, with two more performances May 1 and 2. All performances are at 7 p.m. in the North High School auditorium, 2416 11th Ave. E., North St. Paul.

Advance tickets, available in the school office, are $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. Tickets may also be purchased at the door.

 

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