A welcoming environment

MARSHALL – Singing and dancing is what brings the members of the Marshall High School show choir together.

They may come from different peer groups, but once they arrive at show choir rehearsal or go on stage, they come together and become one.

As one of its main fundraisers, the Marshall High School show choir is having a show choir camp for youth on Saturday, ending with a performance at 7 p.m. in the Schwan Community Center for the Performing Arts. The performance features the camp participants, the middle school show choirs, a talent competition portion and the high school Tiger Drive show choir 2013 show.

The Tiger Drive show choir will take part in Fame Hollywood, a show choir competition from Feb. 27-March 3 in Los Angeles, Calif.

The show choir camp is for kids in grades 1-5, said MHS show choir member Kylie Przymus.

“We teach them songs, what show choir is about,” Przymus said. “We teach them the importance of working together.”

“Nobody is better than the other,” said MHS show choir member Emma Meyer.

As for the show choir itself, it has grown in the last few years. There are 60 students involved in the activity, which includes singers, band and stagehands.

“This is the biggest that it’s been,” Przymus said.

“It’s attracting people from other sports who see what we’re doing and that’s exciting,” Meyer said. “Everybody here is very, very talented.”

“I feel it’s gotten more popular with the school district,” said Vincent Long, show choir member. “There’s more and more per grade.”

Show choir, members said, is a collaborative effort.

“I think it’s a welcoming activity,” Przymus said. People are not working against each other, Przymus said, they’re working with each other.

“We’re like a family,” Meyer added.

This season, the MHS show choir is performing to the theme “Peace and Love – That’s the Way We Like It.”

Meyer and Przymus said the trip to California has been in the works for the last three years.

“This year, we decided to actually do it,” Przymus said.

And the show choir members are excited about competing against other choirs from around the country.

“I’m looking forward to the trip,” Meyer said, adding that she’s been waiting for the last three years to do so. The show choir members have done other fundraisers throughout the years, including car washes and selling concessions.

Despite the hard work and challenges that go into the performances and rehearsals, the show choir members said they wouldn’t have it any other way. Long said he enjoys the competitions.

“It’s fun to perform in front of a crowd,” he said.

When you make finals, you feel a sense of accomplishment, Przymus said, and you feel special being on the stage.

“It’s a very welcoming environment,” Meyer said.