Thursday, Jan. 10 at 6:30 and 8:30 p.m. (duplicate shows), RBHS’s Satin ‘n Lace and City Lights shows choirs will be holding their annual premiere. The choirs will perform their winter competition shows in front of an audience for the time.
This premiere is special to director Mike Pierson because Satin ‘n Lace will be returning. During the 2017-2018 school year, Pierson made the decision to temporarily get rid of Satin ‘n Lace, the all girl junior varsity choir because of a shortage of students. This year, with the surge in interest, there will be many fresh faces which comes with some difficulties.
“For some the singing is the most difficult [and for] others, the dancing is totally foreign to them,” Pierson said. “For all, no matter their experience level, dealing with nerves and adrenaline in a live performance can be the most difficult part of the process.”
The intricate world of show choir can be daunting for newcomers. Despite the challenges, freshman Savana Godier is eager for her first performance.
“[I’m] a little nervous on my part because I don’t want to mess up, but I’m super excited, like I know that I know everything,” Godier said. “I worked really hard for this, like really hard, and it’s just really exciting since it’s our first actual show.”
Junior Allison Whittom is no stranger to show choir. She has been a member since her freshman year and will be performing in both of the choirs this year. City Lights’ theme for this season’s show is an office one, but Whittom is especially excited for Satin ‘n Lace’s playground theme.
“I really like the transition from acting like a child to acting like an adult who is remembering all of the things that she did on the playground and then returning to that and remembering all the fun that she had,” Whittom said.
Behind the scenes, months of rehearsal go into preparing the shows. Beginning in August, students have hour-long morning rehearsals every other day, two hour long rehearsals once a week, and occasional weekend rehearsals that can consist of 15 hours in one weekend. “Doublers” like Whittom who are in both choirs must do twice that rehearsal time.
“You have to work really hard and put a lot of energy, like 100 percent of the time,” Whittom said. “You have to go full out and it’s really tough and really hard on my body and there are times where I finish show choir and wake up the next morning and I’m so sore and so tired where I wonder if this is really worth it, but then I get to competition season and I realize that it is.”
Students and parents can purchase tickets for $8 in room 204 or at the door.