‘Really unique’: Musselman choirs, theater department come together for different take on traditional performances | journal news
INWOOD — On Friday, the Musselman High School show choir, Kaleidoscope, women’s choir, chamber choir and theater department will be performing a unique show for the community.
The show takes place at Musselman and begins at 7 pm, with doors opening at 6 pm Tickets are $10.
Jamison Reynolds, assistant director of Kaleidoscope, said that while the show choir is in its 40th year of existence, when taking into consideration the competitive circuit of the choir, the group is only in its second year.
“Years before that, we did state festivals, local festivals and not necessarily some of the more competitive competitions,” he said. “We just got back from a competition in Ohio. The way this competition works is you perform, and then, the top five move onto a finals round and get evaluated. For the second year in a row, we made the finals. We are really excited and happy for the kids for that.”
He added that there are many aspects of the show that Kaleidoscope will be performing on Friday that makes it unique. He explained that the show is based on a story, rather than a themed show like most show choir performances.
He also noted that this year, there are two students who have choreographed the entire show, rather than bringing someone in. Those two students are seniors Michelle Alarcon and Katie Davis.
“It’s really unique,” Reynolds said. “We are blessed, because there is not a quality drop-off or a talent drop-off. They have put this thing together. It’s been cool to see them grow.”
Davis added: “We were given this opportunity to do this choreography for the show in June. It is something that I always wanted to be involved in. I am a dancer, and I love to dance. Being able to do this was a great opportunity for me. A couple of years ago, we had a bad reputation, so everyone just thinks, ‘Oh, it’s the show choir.’ We haven’t had a chance, because of COVID, to actually blossom. Friday would be a good opportunity for the arts program as a whole to be able to demonstrate what they are capable of.”
Alarcon agreed and said that it has been great to express her creativeness.
“It was a really cool thing to be able to express my creativity, see it in a group and watch it on stage with everyone,” Alarcon said. “I think it is such a good thing to watch if you are trying to branch out into different hobbies. If you aren’t much of an arts person, or if you have a slight interest in the arts, just come and see what it is about.”
According to James Miller, director of Kaleidoscope and the choral department at Musselman, this is the first full competitive season for the show choir.
“It’s really exciting to see us getting back to where we were two years ago,” Miller said.
He added that the show came together and turned into something wonderful.
“It is to showcase the talent, and a lot of the times, we compete far away,” Miller said. “Not everyone can drive so far to see us, so it’s really great to have something they can all see live. It is going to be great to see all of the kids work. It will also be great to see the theater work, because I hear it is hysterical.”
He noted that the theater department qualified for the state thespian festival and will also be moving into competing with their show, also being performed on Friday.
Mikayla Gilmer is the director of the theater department at Musselman, and Abigail Lieb is the costume director. This will be one of Gilmer and Lieb’s first events hosted together at Musselman.
“That is huge for us. We are getting the opportunity to work with our kids and the community for the first time,” Lieb said.
The two said that Friday is a big deal for the arts at Musselman.
“Friday is huge for the arts, especially the performing arts at Musselman,” Gilmer said. “I don’t think that anything has been done, any performance like this of its kind, where it is the choir and the theater combined. It is going to be big for the community. They have always supported us with everything. We are excited to do this.”
Sydney Floyd, a sophomore at Musselman, is the thespian club president, and she is also in Kaleidoscope. She agreed that Friday is a big day for the arts at Musselman.
“It is such a fun experience. I have done theater before, but this is my first thespian competition show,” Floyd said. “This show is a comedy. There are three high schools, and each high school has this clique of students. They all have their own teacher, and they all compete in a play festival — exactly what we are doing with our show. We have a narrator and three judges, and throughout the show, the judges are commenting on all of the scenes that all of the people are performing.”
Floyd expressed excitement to be a part of both of the shows being performed on Friday. After Kaleidoscope practice on Tuesday, she laughed as she said her hair was wet from sweat after their practice performance.
“I’m pretty sure I work harder, if not just as much, as a football player. Up until now, this room has been kind of pointless, but we get to show people that a stage matters just as much as a football field, a basketball court, a soccer field,” Floyd said. “The arts get looked down upon a lot, because they say, ‘Oh, you’re weird theater kids,’ or ‘Oh, you just sing.’ I just want people to enjoy something that is fun, funny, real and in-your-face great.”
Miller added that all are welcome at the show on Friday.
“You don’t have to have a kid or relative in it. Anyone who wants to come should attend,” he said.