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PHOTOS: Show Choirs wrap on a high note

Upstage Revolution performed the song "Friends are Family" with Ellie Gullicks, left, as Batgirl and Will Clifford as Batman. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 8
Aiden Endres, left, and Alex Schweich sing during the Upstage Revolution performance. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 8
Amy Gapp, Erika Henrichs, Cassidy Ahrens are pictured singing and and dancing during the Divaz post season performance at HHS. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia3 / 8
Jacob Zwart, from left, Izzy Kranz, Zack Anderson and Rachel Weber are pictured during the Riverside Company performance. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia4 / 8
Riverside Company comes on stage with a lot of color halfway through their performance. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia5 / 8
Anika Sieh and Derek Rupe sing during the Riverside Company performance March 20. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia6 / 8
Amy Gapp belts out a solo during the Divaz performance. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia7 / 8
The Divaz performance was directed by Meghan Knoke and choreographed by Jeni Donahue. Michelle Wirth / RiverTown Multimedia8 / 8

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.

Upstage Revolution

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."

Riverside Company

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.

Michelle Wirth

Michelle Wirth graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in 2013 with a degree in journalism and web design. She worked as a web content editor for a trade association before coming to the Hastings Star Gazette in 2016.

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