Platinum Showcase on Saturday marks the beginning of the 2013 competition season for the group. The students have learned seven songs to perform at the showcase and in their upcoming competitions.
Lake Forest is hosting the showcase at the Bradley Central High School Fine Arts Center.
“We’re really excited to be hosting, because we’ve gone to see what the other schools can do, and it’s exciting for us to get that opportunity to host the event,” said Marcia Brown, a Revolution parent helping plan the event.
The choir is also inviting the public to attend the show. The showcase is being used to raise funds for the choir to cover travel expenses to competitions. Admission is $10. Solo performances begin at 10 a.m. in the BCHS library. Show choir performances begin at 12:15 p.m.
Revolution will travel to Alabama for three competitions this year. The group’s final competition of the season will be in New York.
Choir member Ethan Parker said the group had been talking about it since last year.
Ethan said he was looking forward “to seeing the other choirs,” meeting other directors and seeing who Revolution will compete against this year.
Ethan and choir member Kelly Murphy are assisting with hosting the visiting choirs. As hosts, the students will ensure that choirs know where their dressing rooms are, how to enter and exit the stage and where the concessions are.
“I’m looking forward to getting to see my friends from other show choirs (during the showcase), and looking forward to getting to perform for them in front of their directors,” Kelly said.
Sydney Brown said she was looking forward to seeing the other show choirs perform on Saturday.
The showcase will feature show choirs from Indiana, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee.
According to a proclamation given to Revolution last year, it is the only competitive middle school show choir in the state.
Choirs have a chance to win in a variety of categories. Category winners will include solo winner, best male soloist in a show, best female soloist in a show, audience choice award, best choreography, best overall effect, best vocals, best costumes, show choir grand champion and first, second and third runner-ups.
Choir director Jeremiah Pritchard said the audience choice award was unique to the Platinum Showcase and was inspired by a performance he saw by the BCHS show choir, Vocal Motion. The performance received a standing ovation from the audience. However, the judges did not name the group as the winner of any category.
Show choir judges will include Jeremiah Richardson of Avalon, Megan Gleckler of Belmont University and choreographer Dana Wham. Pritchard said he had been in a show choir in the past with Richardson. Solos judges will be Joshua and Christa Wenger.
Solo competitions will also be held during the showcase.
Kelly will be performing a song by Miranda Lambert in the solo competition.
“Music has always been my release to stress, and just a way to have fun,” Kelly said. “It’s a way for me to get away from daily troubles.”
Choir member Sydney will compete in the solo competition as well.
First-year member Chase McKenzie is already geared up for competition. Chase said he hoped the school could win against rivals this year.
Chase said he had wanted to be in the show choir ever since fifth grade.
In his two years with the show choir, Ethan has enjoyed having fun while being challenged to earn new moves.
Ethan said he wanted to join because his brother had been in the group when he was in middle school
“I thought it would be cool because not many people get (the opportunity) to dance and sing. And because of Mr. (Jeremiah) Pritchard, because he’s like a second dad to me,” Parker said.
Sydney also joined the choir because her older sister had been in it. Brown said she also joined because she likes to sing and dance.
She said she enjoys the show choir because “it’s like family, and [she likes] being able to trust each other with stuff.”
Directors collaborate on choosing songs, often picking a theme and making selections based on that, according to Pritchard.
This year the choir’s performance theme is “In the Dark of the Night.”