On Saturday, April
21, the Chesterton High School Show Choirs headed to Waukegan, IL, to the
Genesee Theatre to compete at the FAME National Show Choir Finals. Show
choirs from Indiana, New York, West Virginia, Mississippi and Ohio gathered
to compete and be crowned National Champions.
The Chesterton High
School groups received notice in March that they had qualified for this
event, the second time in history for the Sandpipers and the first time ever
for the Drifters. The moment choir director Kristin Morris told the kids was
one not to be forgotten.
“I tried to play it
off casually at first and gathered them all around me, both groups together.
I think they thought they were in trouble but when I told them the good
news, the room erupted in cheers, tears and general excitement.”
The groups quickly
began fundraising efforts to make this goal a reality. In preparation for
National’s, the groups had a few added rehearsals and worked to fine tune
the details of their shows. The focus was on things like dynamics, phrasing,
articulation and other concepts. “It’s less about running through the
motions and more about finding ways to enhance the details -- to take the
ordinary to extraordinary,” Morris said.
details paid off as the Chesterton High School Show Choirs represented their
school, community and Northwest Indiana with pride.
The Drifters swept
their division earning caption awards for Best Show Design, Best Female Solo
(Sophia Hruskocy), Best Female Stage Presence (Taylor Hisaw), Best
Choreography, Best Vocals and were named Grand Champions of the Unisex
Division in their Nationals debut.
The show choir band
The Business was named Best Band, or as Morris referred to them, “Best Band
in the Land.”
The Sandpipers were
named 1st Runner-Up in the nation for mixed groups and earned the caption
award for Best Costumes.
The groups got to
share in their success with many parents, friends and family who had come
out to support them. Upon the announcement of the awards, the CHS students
celebrated graciously and applauded for all groups that day.
announced the Drifters as Grand Champion I felt incredibly proud that our
hard work had paid off. The girls really pushed themselves all year long to
be the best they could,” Senior Drifter and Dance Captain Hannah Scheller
all of the student leaders, commenting “Our student leaders, dance captains
and section leaders have been instrumental all year in helping these groups
achieve their potential. We have great musicians in our show choir band as
well. All of the pieces just fit together for us this year.”
Concert May 18
The Chesterton Show
Choirs continue to be thankful for the support they receive from the school
administration and the community. The CHS Show Choirs will present their
award winning show choirs and concert choirs to the community for one last
time at the annual Spring Revue Concert on Friday, May 18, at 7:00 p.m., in
the CHS Auditorium. Tickets will be sold at the door.