PHOTOS: Show Choirs wrap on a high note
The three Hastings High School show choirs performed for packed audiences in the Show Choir Post Season Shows in the HHS auditorium March. 20. Riverside Company still has one competition left on April 7 in Branson, Missouri. It is a national competition with groups from all over the country.
This year, the Divaz were directed by Meghan Knoke and choreographed by Jeni Donahue. Knoke said the Divaz performed amazing throughout the season.
"I'm just really proud of how far the girls came throughout the year, their commitment to the show and dedication to getting better each rehearsal," Knoke said.
Michelle Braun directed Upstage Revolution this year with assistant director Zach Filkins. The show choir was choreographed by Carlee Brockman and Jake Bohlken was the band director.
It was Braun's last season as show choir director after four years. After hearing the song "Friends Are Family" from The Lego Batman Movie she decided to build the show around it because at the end of each season she has directed, members talk about how they were strangers at the beginning of the season and then feel like family.
"I really wanted to feature the things I love most: the relationships within the group and surprise elements within a show that make it entertaining," Braun said. "That's how a show that combines clogging and Batman becomes a reality."
Luke Warren took over as director of Riverside Company this year. Jen Fox was the assistant director with choreographer Stephen Todd and band director Jake Bohlken. Warren said it was incredible season for Riverside and the other show choirs as well. He is proud of their effort and energy brought to the stage at each performance. Being his first year directing Riverside, he said it has been an especially exciting year.
"These kids have accepted me with open arms while continuing to strive for the continued excellence that defines the Hastings Show Choirs. It's been truly exciting and so rewarding," Warren said.