On the evening of Thursday, Jan. 31, the RBHS Performing Arts Center filled with song for the annual Show Choir Benefit Concert. The event has become a tradition among the choirs at RBHS as well as throughout Columbia.
“A number of years ago, there was an incident and a law enforcement official was killed near Rock Bridge,” Sophomore City Lights member Xander Kent said. “The show choir then held a concert and all the proceeds went to a charity called ‘Officer Down’ and it then became an annual thing.”
Kent said show choir members vote on a different charity to give the event’s proceeds to each year. This year, they chose the City of Refuge, a non-profit organization created to help refugees and immigrants in Mid-Missouri. At the end of the night, the show choirs presented City of Refuge with a check for $3,058.
The event featured not only City Lights, but Satin n’ Lace, RBHS’ all-girls show choir, Battle High School’s Battalion show choir and several solo singers from Stephens College.
Not only does the Benefit Concert allow parents and friends to see multiple shows while giving to the community, but it also lets the show choirs get exposure to performing in front of an audience before their upcoming competition season.
The show choirs will watch the video recordings of their performances to deal with any last minute adjustments before competing in front of a judge. Performing in a stress-free environment without any judgement also allows the choir to feel comfortable about their show and to enjoy their time on stage.
“We all just connect on a really deep level when we are performing,” Kent said. “We just have so much fun and it’s a really great experience.”