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Show Choir “Extravaganza” This Friday, Saturday

By Staff | Mar 2, 2017

Final preparations for the 23rd Annual Emmetsburg Show Choir Extravaganza are wrapping up at Emmetsburg High School. The event will undergo a change this year, adding performances on Friday evening for the first time, in addition to the day-long event on Saturday.

The 2017 edition of the Extravaganza will bring 21 high school Show Choirs, along with nine Middle School Show Choirs and 20 Jazz Choirs from Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota to Emmetsburg High School’s two competition venues.

With 50 performing groups registering for the competitions, Emmetsburg High School Vocal Music Director Luke Miller expanded the Extravaganza to Friday evening, March 3.

“We had such interest from Middle School groups for an opportunity to perform, and rather than run out of time on Saturday, we decided to bring the Middle School groups in on Friday night for an evening full of great entertainment,”?Miller explained. “We have Middle School groups coming from Graettinger-Terril, north Union, Sioux Center, Spirit Lake, Forest City, and two groups from Harrisburg, South Dakota along with our own Emmetsburg Evolution group.”

The Middle School portion of the Extravaganza will get underway at 5 p.m. Friday, March 3, in the High School Gym.

On Saturday, March 4, the competition will begin promptly at 8 a.m. in both the Auditorium and the High School Gym.

In the Auditorium, Jazz Choirs will competed through the day, including an exhibition performance by Emmetsburg’s Vocal Jazz Experiment at 1:25 p.m.

Awards for the Jazz Choir competition will take place in the Auditorium at 5 p.m.

In the high school gym, performances begin at 8 a.m.with Class 1A Show Choirs, followed by Class 2A, 3A and Prep groups through the day. The preliminaries will conclude at 6:15 p.m. with an exhibition performance by Emmetsburg’s varsity Show Choir, “High Voltage.

Immediately following the High Voltage performance, awards for the Show Choir participants, along with the announcement of the Finals qualifier will take place at 6:35 p.m. in the gym.

The six show choirs that received the top scores during the day in the gym will compete for the overall championship in the evening finals concert, along with the Class 1A/2A Champion group. The Finals feature the best of the best and provide the audience with an incredibly high-energy and entertaining event. The finals will begin at 7:30 p.m. and conclude at 10:25 with a performance by the Emmetsburg junior varsity show choir, “Black and Gold”. Following Black and Gold’s performance, the overall awards are announced and trophies presented to cap off the event.

The Emmetsburg “Extravaganza” will be one of the largest in the history of the event with 50 groups competing this year. These groups will bring nearly 2,000 performers to the performance stages in the high school gym and auditorium during the day.

As the groups arrive, Emmetsburg vocal music student hosts greet and escort the groups to a homeroom decorated and supervised by the student hosts. In addition to serving as student hosts and assist the competition judges. Over 130 EHS vocal students will help out at some time during the day.

The Emmetsburg Vocal Music Booster parents group organize the food service for the task of providing food for the visiting show choir members, as well as parents and interested spectators who turn out to see the performances. Parents help out by supervising the hallways, warm-up rooms and serving food in the kitchen. Parents not working during the contest provide food items to the effort. All parents of the EHS vocal students contribute in some way to help the Vocal Department in what has turned into the department’s major fundraising activity of the school year.

Food is provided at the student center all day long.

The public is invited to stop by the Emmetsburg High School gym and auditorium this Friday and Saturday to not only support the EHS vocal musicians, but also to catch the excitement and musical energy of some of the finest show choirs in the tri-state region.