By Todd Martin
It may be the longest running musical production in town and for the 48th year the Killeen High School choir will perform Club Allegro this weekend.
Shows are set for 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the KHS Auditorium and students are working to perfect 30 musical sets that bring to life an assortment of music from television and the Broadway stage.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and $4 for students with identification. At the door, tickets are $15. Proceeds go toward choir student scholarships.
To reserve tickets, go to http://www.seatyourself.biz/khschoirs.
Choir director Cody Parrott said this is the show where students unleash their creative talent, singing and dancing to songs they choose along with the student backup singers they select and the choreography they arrange.
“It’s an opportunity that is different than the choral setting where they can cut loose,” he said. “They work very hard to be prepared and they have a lot of fun.”
Several KHS choir students heavily involved in this year’s show said Wednesday the annual Club Allegro is not just great entertainment for the audience, but a cherished family affair for the students.
“It’s special because all the choirs come together,” said junior Mariah Tinkshell. “Everything you see, the choreography, the backup singers, it’s all us. We’re working with people we love and for the seniors it’s their last year. We’re all family.”
Sophomore James Ziegler recalled that he was nervous as one of just two freshmen in last year’s production. The support from the large cast of performers works to unify the group.
“It’s a time we bond together,” he said. “We love to put on the show. I love performing. There is an adrenaline rush when we get in front of people.”
The big production with professional lighting and sound is a contrast to regular rehearsal and the formal choral performances, sophomore Avalyn James said. “It’s a contrast to the classroom. We don’t worry about tone. We can make our own sound and people will love it. We make it our own.”
The songs, which students chose based on the “Hollywood” theme that are at least 10 years old, are personal in many ways.
James is singing a Selena song entirely in Spanish. “I chose it because it reflects my Hispanic culture. I like her upbeat, spirited music.”
Another selection, Tinkshell’s performance of the Carpenter’s song “Close to You,” is even more poignant.
That was the song, the high school junior said, that her mother sang to put her to sleep at night. Her mother passed away two years ago. “It’s a song I hold dearly to my heart and I want to honor her.”
On the other end of the emotional spectrum, the choir’s male voices are combining for a humorous rendition of “Fergalicious” that will have the audience rolling.
Songs like “Lean On Me,” “The Time of My Life” and “Let’s Hear it for the Boy,” will bring back memories for audience members of various ages.
“We audition for Club Allegro before the Christmas break and we’re rehearsing late everyday this week,” said senior Camille Batts, the choir president. “I think the hard work will show on stage.”
February 15, 2017