The Performance of a Lifetime!

Choir performs Annual Pop Show


Dajalay Clark, Staff

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Every spring, choir students come together in preparation for the Pop Show. This production gives choir students the opportunity to show out, perform, and expand on Pop styled music. Show times were Feb. 5 at 7:00 p.m. and Feb. 6 at 4:00 p.m. in the auditorium.


“The students get to sing music that they’re more familiar with,” Choir Director M.s Douglas said. “A lot of them, for the first time, learn how to dance. It’s really fun to get to see the students grow in this area.” 


With the pandemic breakout, last year’s Pop Show had been modified. Instead the choir posted their live performance on a streaming device for the audience to enjoy at home.


“It just felt weird because we didn’t have an audience,” Harmony Ward (12), four year choir member said. “Other years, we would have an audience that would get us going and support us, but we just recorded everything and couldn’t see how our audience would have reacted.”


Harmony Ward (12) performing her Solo at the Popshow
E. Morgan

The theme of the Pop Show was the early 2000’s with greatest hits including “Mamma Mia”, “I wanna be down”, “Survivor”, and “Jump Jive an’ wail” being performed.


“For our song ‘Mamma Mia’, we have to dress hippie like, and another choir, they’re just dressing like survivors, so basically in the army because of their song ‘Survivor’,” Ward said. “Then there’s this swing type of music, we have costumes for that as well.”


When preparing for the Pop Show, the choir students have a total of three outside rehearsals. The students focus on dancing where they follow along a song track. Once they master the dances, they move on to the projection of their voice to each song.


“Getting the dances down would be the hardest because you have to remember what comes after what dance move, and ‘Are you on beat with the music?’ and just getting that all locked in […] and then singing loud at the same time,” Harmony said.

Choir performance: "Mamma Mia'
H. Jackson


Furthermore, the main goal of the Pop Show was to achieve techniques that would later be used in choir.


“For Pop music, they have to project their voices because it’s all part of that style of music,” Ms. Douglas said. “So when we get  to the next style, which is the concert style, they’ve had practice on projecting their voices, so it makes it that much easier to go into that season, contest season.” 


Although there was much hard work put into the show, choir students looked forward to their performance, claiming it’s the grand finale of the season.


“It’s the highlight of choir season besides UIL […] it’s like the big finale,” Jada Watkins (11), proud third year member of the choir Pop Show, said. “It shows this is who we are, this is what we do, and we’re proud of it.:”