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City Lights raises money for the Children’s Grove in charity benefit


The BHS show choir, Battalion, started off the event.Battalion opened the show in a bold purple scheme.Battalion took 5th place in class 5A in the RBHS Show Choir Festival on Jan. 13, 2018.Battalion has nearly 50 members.Between performances, senior Yash Khanna spoke on behalf of the youth kindness programs at RBHS.RBHS show choir City Lights takes the stage.Sophomore Hope Keithahn passionately sings her solo during the RBHS show.Each show choir had two costume changes during their respective performances.Over the last 13 years, RBHS show choirs have performed for audiences and raised over $45,000 for local charitiesSenior Anna Inslee moves to the beat after her solo towards the end of the City Lights show.Sophomores Caroline Costa and Keegan Adkins pose after a fun show full of upbeat singing and dancing.Both show choirs joined on stage at the end of the night. The Children's Grove made approximately $2,800 off of the event.

The Performing Arts Center burst to life with songs, dances and energy as the RBHS City Lights show choir ensemble took the stage. The 35-person assembly took the spotlight for a special occasion, raising approximately $2,800 for the Children’s Grove charity.

Attempting to match the theme of the show to a local charity, show choir director Mike Pierson made his choice easily.

“Each year we take into account the theme of the show and this year we started with the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention,” Pierson said. “Through Mrs. [Lesley] Thalhuber, our crisis counselor, we got in touch with a more local charity, which was the Children’s Grove.”

For veteran show choir performer, senior Anna Inslee, charity events such as these act as a great excuse to invite anyone and everyone as proceeds go to such a good cause.

“I don’t feel bad about asking people to come, because it’s for such a good cause,” Inslee said.

With each opportunity to perform, City Lights improves drastically, Inslee claims, as they assess the strengths and weaknesses of their performance.

“The [shows] that we’ve done so far, we’ve had clinics afterwards,” Inslee said. “With that, [judges] come up to us and say some things we did well and some things we did not so well and try to fix them, so we can get critiqued on something else for the next time.”

Similarly to Inslee, sophomore Hanna Weber feels the “vibe” of the occasion changes as their intentions shift to raising money, rather than competing.

“It’s a little bit of a different vibe because you know you’re performing for such a good cause,” Weber said. “For competitions it’s a little bit more tough, because you’re focusing on [performing] super clean and I feel like for this charity benefit it’s a lot about the emotion and what message we’re trying to convey rather than  on the choreography, which plays a big role in the energy of the show.”

Finally, with a successful benefit behind them, Pierson looks to the future as City Lights gear up for their next competition, Feb. 10 at Harrisonville.

“We’re getting better with every show,” Pierson said. “We’re getting better at little details and overall the show improves each and every time.”

What did you think of the show choir performance? Let us know below.

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Ethan Hayes February 6, 2018 at 9:29 pm

This along with Mizzou thon really warm my heart. Seeing people doing what they love and helping out a good cause. Plus we have one of the best show choirs in all of Columbia so that helps!

Bailey Stover February 6, 2018 at 8:46 pm

I’m disappointed because I wasn’t able to go to the charity performance this year. I have truly enjoyed these events in past years and I am glad to see City Lights is still committed to making a positive difference as well as competing during its season. Best wishes in future performances!

Amanda Kurukulasuriya February 3, 2018 at 6:46 pm

I wasn’t able to attend the event this year, but I was in show choir last year, and I remember how special the charity benefit was. It was the one time where we weren’t so focused a winning and really felt like a team that was doing something important. I think the charity benefit is the most important thing show choir does.


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