Petal High School Showchoir to host annual Spring ShowBy HASKEL BURNS,
If you haven’t had the opportunity to catch the Petal High School Showchoir this year, here’s your chance.
The showchoir will present its last performance of the year during its Spring Show, set for 6-10 p.m. Saturday at the Petal Performing Arts Center, adjacent to Petal High School.
“It’s very climactic,” said Shanna Luckett, director of choirs at the high school. “It’s at the end of the year – it’s the last time all of these students will be performing together, ever.
“So it’s kind of a big deal – a final hoorah – to perform, especially before the seniors graduate and we get new people in there for next year.”
The showchoir consists of two groups: the all-female Innovations and the Soundsations, which is a mixed group of males and females. The groups will perform two competition pieces that they’ve been working on the last few months, as well as some more recently-learned material.
Some of the songs will include “Seasons of Love” from the Broadway musical “Rent,” “Danger Zone” and “Mighty Wings.” There also will be a couple of classics from the 1950s, such as “Who Loves You” and “Big Girls Don’t Cry.”
“Interspersed throughout the show, we’ll do group numbers and then some individual solos, and then more group numbers and individual solos,” Luckett said. “We have a lot of students that get showcased individually during the show.”
Tickets are $5 each and must be purchased at the door, as no tickets will be pre-sold.
“I’m really excited to show the community what all we’ve been working on all year,” said Bayleigh Kennedy, a member of Innovations and Soundsations. “I’m a senior and it’s my last show, so we want to show everyone that we always give 100 percent.”
The Spring Show is certainly the culmination of a successful year for Petal High’s showchoir, as the group competed in March in the national Heart of America show in Orlando, Florida. Competing against groups from California, Indiana, Illinois, Iowa, Mississippi and Alabama, the Innovations finished fifth overall and the Soundsations tied for sixth overall.
“I’m very proud,” Luckett said. “This is my eighth year here, so I’m very excited to see that we’re finally getting to the level to be competitive against all these nationally-known showchoirs.”