Two Chase County groups will be among performers at Monday’s Show Choir Festival
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Eleven schools from western Nebraska will be represented with one or more groups at Monday’s Show Choir Festival in Imperial at the school auditorium.
Among the groups will be Chase County’s 9th St. Singers and junior high show choir.
The CCS junior high group will be the first to perform at 8:10 a.m., while the high school’s 9th St. Singers will be on stage at 2:25 p.m.
This is the 21st year that Chase County Schools has hosted the western site Show Choir Festival for the Nebraska Choral Director’s Association. CCS Director Randy Hayes is a member of the association.
Hayes said the festival is not formatted to select an “outstanding” show choir of the day. Rather, each group performs against a standard of excellence set up for its class size.
Groups earning the required number of points for its class will then be awarded a Gold Trophy. Junior high groups are not eligible for a trophy unless judges feel a group performed at a level above junior high expectations, Hayes said.
After each performance, time is allowed for a critique from one of the judges, who will come from schools with quality show choirs in central and eastern Nebraska, Hayes noted.
Other schools with groups scheduled to perform Monday include Ogallala, Sutherland, Hershey, Bayard, Alliance, Cambridge, Kimball, Gering, North Platte St. Pat’s and Scottsbluff.
Hayes said the festival will bring an estimated 500-plus students, parents and other supporters to Imperial next week. The public is invited to attend any or all of the performances at no charge. The first performance is at 8:10 a.m., with the final one at 2:45 p.m. Awards are set for 3:25 p.m.
Regular classes are scheduled Monday at CCS.