Weekend Roundup: Deep Freeze Paralyzes Travel

Freezing temperatures and heavy snowfall prevented many choirs from competing this weekend.

By Häakon
Published: Jan 26, 2014

LOS ANGELES, California — It was a weekend many students were looking forward to: another exciting round of show choir competition across the country. Instead of getting to enjoy the bright lights of the stage, however, several groups had to cancel their plans due to heavy snowfall and freezing temperatures that left roads unsafe for travel. Lots of events had to completely rearrange their schedules (some multiple times), while others were brought to the brink of total closure. Fortunately, many choirs were still able to compete and we’ve got a rundown of some notable outcomes.

One of the competitions hit hardest this weekend was the Marysville Showcase (affectionately dubbed “Snowcase” this year due to the weather) in Marysville, Ohio. Of the 17 groups originally slated to attend the event, only 8 were ultimately able to make it. While this was devastating news for many students who were looking forward to performing, the competition ran very smoothly for those who could get through the storms. A live feed of the show was made available for the first time in the event’s history; great timing for those who were supposed to perform but couldn’t. Of course nothing is a replacement for being there a in person, but at least those stuck at home were able to share in some of the festivities. Upwards of six hundred people ended up tuning in concurrently during the day - one as far away as Paris! - and the adjacent chat room added to the community feel as viewers shared feedback while they watched. Of the schools that did participate, the top three in pre-competition predictions were all there and put on amazing shows. In the end the captions were split, with Twinsburg grabbing best choreography and Solon earning best vocals (while also continuing their best band streak with an incredible 12 wins in a row!). Fairfield and their intricate take on “Back to the Future” placed right in the middle, but it was Solon who took home top honors and their first Grand Champion title of the season. Marysville also performed a fantastic show in exhibition, fresh off of back-to-back GC wins in their still-undefeated season.

Also hit extremely hard was Edgewood Indiana’s “Contest of Champions,” which originally held a roster of 21 different groups and was whittled all the way down to 4. Instead of calling the whole thing off, they instead set up a clinic festival where each group was able to watch and cheer on all of the others and receive critique from the judging panel following their respective shows. Edgewood director Brian Paulsen remarked, “Being so early in the season, it actually turned out to be a pretty great experience. We missed the choirs that were unable to travel, but those that were there yesterday made the most of the day - so we certainly thank them!”

The Fishers “Silver Spotlight Show Choir Invitational” held in Fishers, Indiana also suffered heavy attendance losses, with no less than six choirs having to drop out due to terrible road conditions. Their event did go on as planned, however, in a one-and-done format. Pike High School’s “Encores” earned the top spot along with best vocal honors, while Anderson’s “Vocal Infusion” placed second and was awarded best choreography. Pike’s Women’s group, “Mystiques” topped the women’s category, earning both of the coveted best vocal and best choreography caption trophies.

Not affected by weather but still of notable mention, the southern circuit kicked off with a bang this weekend at the first-ever Jackson Prep Show Choir Masters competition in Jackson, Mississippi. Homewood’s “The Network” roared out of the gate sweeping all of the top awards. Network alum Abbie Hovater remarked, “You could power NYC for a week with the energy [they] just produced on that stage!” Andrew Hanebuth from Jackson Academy also had a great time, and praised the host school for a successful first-time event. “Big thanks to Prep for hosting this - it was really well run and everyone was very friendly; I had a lot of fun!”

Over at Sauk Prairie’s annual invitational, “Grand Central Station” from La Crosse Central High School continued their winning streak, taking home their second GC win of the season. At Altoona’s “Locopalooza” competition in Wisconsin, Onalaska’s “Hilltoppers” won the day, also earning their second GC win. Both groups are currently undefeated for the season and they’ll be facing off together at Logan’s “Showcase” on February 8th, so that will definitely be one to watch.

Other big winners this weekend were Hastings, Bishop Heelan, Waukee, Elkhorn South, Cedar Rapids Washington, and Poca. Next week at least 18 show choir competitions are taking place across the country - the most we have ever seen in the first week of February. Show choir continues to grow and expand, and is committed to keeping you up-to-date with breaking news coast to coast! Follow us on Twitter @showchoirdotcom and keep plugged in to the website for all of the latest. Have a great week, and stay warm!

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