DECATUR — From high-energy song and dance numbers to great raffle prizes, Decatur’s show choirs pulled out all the stops for a weekend performance that was an overture to their competition season.
Called “A Season of Harmony,” the Saturday and Sunday shows were hosted by the Elite Energy choir at Eisenhower High School’s temporary home in the Stephen Decatur building on Mound Road.
Elite Energy showed off the competition routines they’ll take on the road in 2013, and they were joined by the junior high Johns Hill Xperience! and Thomas Jefferson Music Machine choirs debuting their competitive shows.
Attendance was strong Saturday, and a sold-out audience in the hundreds arrived for Sunday afternoon’s 90-minute show, where among tempting raffle prizes glittered the star attraction, a new Apple iPad mini. It was on display as people filed in to buy their $10 show tickets, and spending another $5 gave them a shot at the iPad; Elite Energy show choir parent Linda Warden-Michl, the choir’s spokeswoman, was happy to watch those tickets fly.
“This preview holiday show is one of our biggest fundraisers,” she explained. “All the money for show choir is raised privately, and it costs about $3,500 per student for each singer-dancer to participate with Elite Energy.”
Much of that expense is travel: last year, for example, saw Elite Energy sing and dance everywhere from Orlando, Fla., to Chicago as they chased competitive glory. For the students, it can be a strain, melding the demands of a life on the road with the steady drumbeat of academic work back in class, but many can’t imagine a personal world without performance.
“I love performing and I love being on stage,” said Elite Energy singer-dancer, Miranda Brown, a senior at MacArthur High School. Her younger sister Maryssa, a junior, also performs with Elite while still-younger sister Mariah is part of the Johns Hill Xperience!
“It’s the joy of being up there and hearing people clapping for you and that feeling of bringing the audience into the show with me,” added Miranda. “It’s the best part, it never, ever, gets old.”