Show choir competition returns to Wells County this weekend with 23 choirs scheduled to perform at Saturday’s 22nd annual Norwell Show Choir Invitational.
Competition will start at approximately 8:30 a.m. in both the high school auditorium and the gymnasium. There will be six groups of competition this year, with both large and small mixed show choir divisions being contested. Other divisions will be middle school and also women’s show choir, concert choir, and solo.
As host school, Norwell will be unable to compete at the event, however the school’s three show choirs will all present exhibition performances of their 2012 competition routines.
The Knight Sounds (middle school choir) will perform in the auditorium at 2;05 p.m., the Knight Stars (women’s choir) will perform in the gymnasium at 3:25 p.m., and the Knight Moves, undefeated in competition during 2012, will perform in the gymnasium at 11:30 p.m., immediately before the final awards presentation.
Two years ago, Center Grove came north and swept the competition winning the Mixed Show Choir, Women’s Show Choir and Concert Choir divisions, and also the Grand Champion title. Amanda Belkamp from Center Grove also won the solo division. They missed the event last year, and the honors were more evenly spread. Huntington North took top honors in the Large Mixed and Concert Choir Divisions, and the clash between the two schools this year should be one of the highlights of the event.
Last year, Plainfield took top honors in the Women’s Division, and their absence this year will guarantee a new champion is crowned in this division. Indian Springs will also not be returning to defend their Middle School crown.
Whiteland will however be looking to successfully defend their Small Mixed Division title.
At approximately 5 p.m. in the gymnasium, a preliminary awards presentation will take place along with the announcement of the choirs and soloists that have progressed to the evening session. The final awards will be presented at the conclusion of the evening session, and are scheduled to begin at approximately midnight.
There is a $15 admission fee for the full day, or $10 each for only the morning/afternoon or evening sessions. Lunch and dinner will be served in the cafeteria, but are not included in the cost of admission. Dinner will be catered by Preble Gardens.
For those unable to attend the event, the competition will be broadcast via live feed on the internet, through the Northern Wells Community Schools web site at www.nwcs.k12.in.us