OSAGE | Show choir is described as a group a people who combine choral singing with dance, sometimes within the context of a specific idea or story.
Show Choir is performed by high school and college students all around the world and Osage High School is one of them.
It’s that time of the year again to start rehearsing for our show choirs.
At Osage there are two different show choirs: the green show choir and the white show choir.
For each show choir, Ms. Laurie Hoeppner, show choir director, has approximately 25 students who are involved.
When asked what the difference was between the green show choir and the white show choir, she said "The green show choir you don’t have to audition; whoever signs up gets to be in it.
“But the white show choir students have to audition for the spot.”
Hoeppner said over the past years she has had some people who weren’t in choir participate in the green show choir because they wanted to do show choir but either didn’t have time to be in regular choir or didn’t want to be in general.
When asked her what she looks for when students audition for white show choir, Hoeppner said she mainly looks to see if the students are coordinated and if they can dance and sing at the same time.
One of the most important things about show choir is the music. I asked Hoeppner how she chooses the show choir music.
“I let the choreographers pick,” she said. “They kind of look at some songs. So I think between the two of us we try to find something a group of high school students can dance to.”
Another thing Hoeppner considers is solos and how they are going to be given out. This year, Hoeppner decided to send out a poll to all the students in the show choir. The poll allowed her to see if she wanted to hold auditions for the solos or if she wanted to just assign them to students.
Students decided on the easier route, having Hoeppner assign the different solos.
In addition, costumes are also an important aspect of show choir. Last year the white show choir received brand new costumes to use so those will be used for the next few years.
This year the show choirs will perform at the Swing Show at 7 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 in the Krapek Family Fine Arts Center Auditorium in the Cedar River Complex.