Choir Department prepares for final show of the year

Jessica Richardson | Staff Writer

Lights, rhinestones, tap shoes; it’s showtime!  The CG choral department is finishing the year with their annual ‘Spring Spectacular’. Throughout the week, show choir was busy with many long rehearsals after school to prepare for the show on Thursday and Friday night.

¨The rehearsals went by really quickly and they were pretty good compared to past years,” senior Debtones member Taylor McNamee said. ¨The dances this year were pretty easy, so I really have not had to work hard at all.¨

This year’s show was based off of the Broadway show “Chicago” and the city itself.

¨’Chicago’ is about two women in the 20’s in Chicago who are trying to become big on stage with some not so good circumstances,” McNamee said.¨

Spring Spec

Both women have committed murder. The show starts before the crimes and walks you through each story, and at the end, the two women come together and form a famous singing duo.¨

Spring spec is the last performance of the year for the Choir Department.

“It’s really bittersweet knowing that my time in choir is coming to an end,” senior Madison Montgomery said. “It’s really sad since it’s been a part of my life for the past four years, but I can’t wait to come back and watch the shows in years to come!”

Though seniors are preparing for graduation, they know the choir experience has given them many memories.

¨Being a senior going through the last show is rough,¨ McNamee said. ¨All I want to do is give up and graduate, but the seniors still have to be an example to the underclassmen and juniors especially since they are taking our place next year. Being a senior has also allowed me to take a step back and really appreciate everyone involved with choir shows! There are so many behind the scenes people that don


’t get any credit for the hard work they do for us, but without them, we would not have a show to put on.¨

As an underclassman, sophomore Sounds System member Susan May knows that the evening’s celebration will represent a passing of leadership.

“I’ve really looked up to the seniors this year, so next year we will have to take over,” May said. “It will be kind of bittersweet because they’re moving on to college, but they’ll also miss it.”

As the last show for seniors, Spring Spec is an important show for families and friends to support the students in the Center Grove Choral department. A few tickets are still available for $10.

Sophomore finds leadership opportunities in multiple choirs

Jessica Richardson | Staff Writer

During the Choral Department’s Christmas show week, sophomore Kirsten (KiKi) White prepares to perform with, and help lead, two different choirs.

“During Christmas show, it can be a little stressful, but still very fun,” White said. “Being in the two choirs means I get to do what I love more which is perform.”

IMG_4123White has been in dance for 13 years and was more than ready to move up to the all-girls varsity choir, the Debtones this year. After being dance captain in Accents (the JV all girls choir) her freshman year, White became a junior dance captain in Debtones with dance captain, senior Kaitlyn Siemons.

Though White was placed in a varsity choir, she decided to double-up by being in Accents AND in Debtones.

“I love being in Debs because it is my first year in a varsity choir, but I love being in Accents because the new members to show choir see me as a role model and I almost always have an answer to their questions,” White stated.

White is also currently Accents company manager and dance captain.

“Being dance captain is a great experience,” White said. “The girls look to me and ask questions if they’re ever confused. This makes it a great experience because I know I’m helping someone else out.”

Debtones has been working on their Christmas show since show choir boot camp over the summer.

“I feel that I have worked very hard to get prepared for the show,” White said. “The Accents come to class ready to work and listen every time. In Debs, we have been working on Christmas songs since July. Spending so many months on the same songs may seem like it would get annoying but that’s never the case. We are always focused and making new corrections!”

White has been running back and forth between both choirs during the rehearsals to make all the cues and dress changes.

“During class, the stress level is very low, but when we get to after-school rehearsal I have to make sure I’m splitting my time evenly between two choirs,” White said. “This can be stressful because I am often switching between the two groups, and Accents is typically waiting for my cue to go backstage.”

Though it may be tough to remember all the choreography and notes in each choir, there are many advantages to being involved in two different choirs.

“I feel that the benefits of being in both choirs are that I learn different lessons from both Mrs. Dice and Mr. Norman,” White said. “Their teaching styles are unique in a way that you are always learning life lessons while still learning about music every day.”

Whether learning lessons as a leader or a participant, as a rookie or as a veteran, White has found her niche in the choir department.