TCHS Show Choir to perform 'Hall of Fame'

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Show runs through Saturday

By Leslie Moore



From Pearl Jam to Michael Jackson, to Garth Brooks and Loretta Lynn, there's a song for everyone in Taylor County High School Show Choir's "Hall of Fame" performance that begins tonight and runs through Saturday.

Choral director Lisa Gupton said this year's performance is a little different from past years because a theatrical segment has been added, featuring music from the Broadway hit "Wicked."

"The cast has moved beyond the traditional show choir choreography to add a new emotional dimension to this segment," Gupton said.

The exciting new challenge quickly became a group favorite among both veteran show choir members and first-year participants.

Senior Taylor Agathen said the "Wicked" medley is her favorite part of the performance because it is so theatrical, and she loves the music.

"I'm so excited for 'Wicked,'" Agathen said. "I feel like the audience will really love that one, too."

Gupton said song recommendations from herself and students were upwards of 100. With the help of the senior show choir members, the group was able to whittle the list down to 22 songs. Since rehearsals began in January, Gupton said the choir has practiced 5 to 10 hours each week in addition to class time.

"Production week is more like a full-time job for us all," she said.

The students agree. Senior Carlie Hazel said this year's group has been more like a family than ever before, but at the same time, the biggest challenge will be "not pulling each other's hair out."

"It's a very stressful week and we will fight a lot, but we always come together," Hazel said.

Gupton said she expects the country legends medley that pays tribute to country legends like George Jones and Tammy Wynette to be a favorite among the adult audience.

Gupton said she enjoys every song selected this year for different reasons. Some because the choreography is synchronized and fun; others because the choral parts are spectacular.

And some because "students who have never been a featured performer get a chance to shine," Gupton said. "I like to see everyone feel confident and proud of their performance."

Sophomore Justice Gregory said his favorite part of the performance will be getting to see a smile on the audience members╒ faces as they listen to the music of their generation.

Gupton said she expects show choir members to be mature and professional. This year's group hasn't disappointed her.

"I admire their dedication to this while living very busy lives," Gupton said. "They are kind and respectful young ladies and gentlemen, and I am honored to work with them."

While the audience will only see what happens on stage, Gupton said the production would not be possible without the student crew and technical staff - Allen Gumm, Grover Warren, Cody Wood and Bill Wilson.

For students considering joining show choir next year, Hazel has some simple advice.

"Give it all you got," she said.

The TCHS Jazz Band and several show choir alumni will be performing during intermission.

The performance runs tonight through Saturday at 7 p.m. in the Taylor County Middle School gymnasium. General admission is $7.