North High School’s show choir presents “The ‘Real’ Show Choir Kids of NSP”


“The ‘Real’ Show Choir Kids of NSP,” is a peek into the daily turmoil and drama, a behind-the-scenes of what happens between each Saturday during the chaotic months of competition season.

It’s that time of year again. The sun shines; the birds call. Kids are out riding on their bikes, and the students of North Saint Paul High School’s Northern Lights Show Choir prepare for their climactic close to their year: the annual Extravaganza. This is a night of student-written, choreographed and directed performances. A group of students transform a loose hodgepodge of ideas and thoughts into a musical of their own.

Show choir is a combination of group singing and dancing, akin to “Glee,” but not quite. Each year, teams from all over the nation compete against each other in hopes of earning Grand Champions everywhere they go. Typically following a theme, such as car rides, good versus evil, or the desire for a companion, a set consists of five or so songs, one of which is a much slower piece, known as a ballad, meant to judge the choir’s vocal ability.

This year’s Extravaganza, titled “The ‘Real’ Show Choir Kids of NSP,” is a peek into the daily turmoil and drama, a behind-the-scenes of what happens between each Saturday during the chaotic months of competition season told through the lenses of a reality television show. There is a division of leadership and an ultimatum: get your act together, or show choir is canceled — forever. Will they follow through?

Students, spanning from freshmen to seniors already have much to say in anticipation, like Tommy Koppy, who says this year will have “more flashy and fun songs!” He’s absolutely right, as many songs like “Sir Duke,” “Ain’t That A Kick in the Head,” and “Unwritten” have made their way in.

For four seniors who have spent all four years of their high school career in show choir, the end draws near. One of them, Amanda Caudle, one of three writers for the show, says she’s “proud of the initiative and work ethic we took from the beginning to really make this show stand out.” Lexi Docken, says she’s excited that “we’ve been so productive in the time we had to prepare!” Anachie Stueve, says she’s thankful for all the friendships she’s made her four years, and proud of how much the leadership skills she’s earned. And lastly, Winston Thao, says he’s wholly excited for “what could be the best show we’ve ever done!”

“The ‘Real’ Show Choir Kids of NSP” opens April 27, with two more shows on the 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. in the North High Auditorium, 2416 Eleventh Ave. E., North St. Paul. Pre-sale tickets can be found in the school office or online at https://goo.gl/2wyJ8X for the price of $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

 

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