As the school year comes to a close, the choirs are still in game-time mode. The final concert of the year for them is the Pops Concert. With heavy dancing and popular tunes, it is not a show to miss. Rehearsals consist of singing and dancing every class. As a general rule, each ensemble performs three songs including one ballad, typically chill and a “breather” both for the performers and the audience, while the other two are dance-heavy and exciting.
Starting in March, the choirs discuss what their pieces are going to be. In April, the hard work begins and the students dust off their dancing sneakers and comfy clothes. To make the memorization process easier, the music is learned in sections, and the choreography is learned along with each section of music. The music is never learned all at once because it becomes too confusing with the choreography. The week of the show, the choirs meet for a four-hour tech rehearsal until 10 p.m.
This year, the concert features songs from movies like “Teen Beach Movie” and “La La Land,” and musicals like “The Little Mermaid” and “Wicked.” Sophomore Avery Widlicka explains, “Working on Pops has been so much fun! It allows us to sing songs that aren’t traditional choir songs and it has also given me some dance skills. So far it has been a very uplifting experience. I hope that everyone can come to Pops because it is going to be so fun and exciting.” Widlicka is enjoying her first Pops and is performing in both Chorale and Premier.
Come see Pops on June 2nd and June 3rd at 7pm both nights! Tickets are on sale in the library or online here.
Emma Gillette, Staff Writer
Senior Emma Gillette is a staff writer for the 2021-2022 Colonel Newsmagazine. She is an active member in the music department as a drum major of the marching band and is a section leader for multiple choirs. In her free time she enjoys reading and listening to music or playing instruments.