Bradley Central High School’s show choir, Vocal Motion, performed for a group of hometown supporters Tuesday night as they celebrated their success in competition this semester.
Katie Philips, the choir’s director, has described this as its “best season yet” because the choir students have earned placements in some of their competitions.
In addition to a noncompetitive showcase performance, Vocal Motion took part in the Feb. 1 Tallassee Capital City Classic in Tallassee, Ala., the Feb. 8 Albertville Diamond Classic in Albertville, Ala., and the Feb. 22 Belmont University Music City Show Shoppe in Nashville.
While the show choir students came in fifth on the list of runners-up in the Tallassee competition, they were the fourth runners-up and winners of the “best male soloist” prize in Albertville. In Nashville, Vocal Motion was named the third runner-up.
Though the choir has not come in first place so far, Philips said it has done well given where the students performed and the fact that there were nationally ranked choirs among their competitors.
“I’m told this is the first time this choir made finals in Alabama,” Philips said to the crowd. “That is a huge deal.”
She pointed out that the choir had continued to get better each time it competed.
Before the choir took to the stage, Philips thanked the students and their families for their dedication to the choir, as well as a variety of community supporters like the local Allied Arts Council, which she said had given the choir a grant to help them with their programming and travel expenses.
Because it was show that had many of the choir students’ families in the audience, family members of students also took part in opening last night’s show. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters and even grandparents of some of the students joined them for musical stylings that ranged from old school rock and roll to Southern gospel.
Vocal Motion students then took to the stage to show off the set of songs that got them to where they had landed in their competitions’ rankings. Singing, dancing and donning costumes that ranged from Medieval outfits to ones with lots of turquoise sequins, the students shared songs that all had a common theme — royalty. Featuring songs like “King of New York” from the musical “Newsies,” “King of Anything” by Sara Bareilles and “Kings and Queens” by Audio Adrenaline, Philips said the performance was meant to get the audience thinking about what it really means to rule.
The choir also rallied around one of its own who had been unable to compete alongside them. Philips said Bradley Central senior Robbie Goins, a Vocal Motion member who had also been known for his roles in musicals like “Footloose,” had been dealing with some health problems that kept him from performing. Attendees were given the opportunity to donate money to assist him and his family with medical expenses.