WL show choir begins competing

Jacob Lane · Wednesday, January 29, 2014
The 2014 West Liberty high school show choir traveled to West Branch to compete in the Comets' first show choir meet on Saturday, Jan. 18.

The group performed twice, taking fourth place for class 2A during the daytime performance. This earned them a spot in the finals where they went on to take third runner-up. West Liberty also earned the Best Band Award.

"I was very proud of all of our kids and their effort.  They enjoyed themselves in finals and that's what I want them to do," said vocal music instructor Nathan Shivers.

The show, which has a super hero theme, boasts five different musical numbers performed by a group of around 50 students. It's built around the song "Superhero" by Brian McKnight and "Superhero Song" from the TV show Drake and Josh.

According to Shivers the students were nervous during the first performance, considering it was their second time ever performing the show publicly.

"With 18 new students, it was a good first performance, but I knew they had more in them," said Shivers, "During the finals they came out with lots of energy and sharp dance moves."

He believes the students took a lot away for competition experience, including the ability to hide their nerves. Having only performed for their parents once before, it was a chance to get the pre-game jitters out of them.

"During our warm up for the finals we talked about the fear of putting yourself out there," said Shivers, "There's always that little piece of everyone that we don't want to let go of because we fear it will fail.  I invited them to leave everything they had on the stage and prove to the judges that they deserved the right to be in finals."

As West Liberty prepares to compete in Muscatine this weekend, it will work on cleaning up its choreography and vocals.

Other songs in the show include "I'm Alive" from the musical, "Next to Normal," "Nothing Stops Another Day" from the musical, "Ghosts" and "Ridin' the Storm Out" by REO Speedwagon.

The students begin in traditional suits and dresses; however, halfway through the boys rip open their jackets like Superman, revealing a heroic letter 'S' T-shirt. The girls then enter onto stage in Wonder Woman-like garb.

The show also includes hoists and solo opportunities by the students on stage, and a live band playing the tunes in the background.
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