Sparkly dresses, risers, and live bands- it must be choir concert week.
Oh yikes- it’s concert week. Don’t get me wrong, concert weeks are my favorite four weeks out of the school year, but they’re also incredibly stressful- and not just because of choir. So, today, I’ll be walking you through one of the most insane weeks of my school year. Welcome to spring concert week.
Let’s start with a bit about my choir. Last year, I was in Heart and Soul, and all women’s show choir with gorgeous blue (now black!) dresses. This year, I transitioned into Broadway Bound, a co-ed choir that’s always searching for their next costume. This fall, we wore sparkly rainbow tank tops and leggings, and in the winter, we wore Christmas sweaters and jeans. Let’s just say that was the most comfortable concert of all time.
So, that brings me to the spring concert, which clothed us in school-like uniforms for half of our set, and these beautiful, flowy, white dresses for the second half. These were so fun to spin around in, and were always fun to surprise the audience with! That reminds me- I still have the dress racks that belong to many, many people in my trunk. I better return those.
We put on our show for three nights, and each night was slightly different with which choirs it put on display. As a techie, I was there through the entire process, helping to call out instructions to other techs, and fussing around with quick change strategies. This was definitely a thrilling concert to be a part of. I got to work the fly wires (I tore up my hands on night two, whoops), and move that piano around and around again. Quick shoutout to the coolest and best stage manager of all time, Kelsey, who is literally my saving grace when it comes to anything tech-related during concerts.
My choir is a show choir, meaning that we sing and dance. I’m absolutely obsessed with this concept, and being a show choir, it means we get to learn some pretty cool choreography. We’re lucky enough to have a crazy amazing choir director who brought in Susia, a spectacular, charismatic choreographer from L.A. (she also has the coolest hair of all time and she has pet ducks). Choreo week was the last week of February, and throughout the week, we learned about 10 new minutes of choreography and formations. Needless to say, with the help of Susia, Mr. D, and our dance captains Quincy and Caleb, we cleaned this set all spring long, and it turned out beautiful. I’m so excited to put the final touches on it for competition.
Oh boy, you’ve made it to the worst part of concert season. I’m not sure what it is, but concert week always seems to attract the most amount of homework I’ve had in my entire life- it never fails. I spent most of my nights up until past 1, but hey, I caught up on a bit of sleep this weekend!
It all paid off. I’m so proud of such a spectacular and stellar group of people. The last night was definitely our best, and during that performance, a rainbow appeared on the apron of the stage. I almost cried. Our set is really emotional and pulls at the heartstrings, so getting to see that rainbow on the edge of the stage really pulled me to a different place during our rendition of “You Will Be Found” from Dear Evan Hansen.
All in all, I love choir concert weeks. If you follow all of my social media, you’d know that I post way too much about it. Thank you to all who came, I’m forever grateful to all of you who take the time to support the arts and to come out to support me. We’ve already hit the ground running for our next concert, which is Broadway-themed! I’m going to keep my choir’s theme a secret for now, but maybe you’ll get a little bit of insight along the way. Until next time.