ZCHS show choirs take one final bow in ‘Finale’

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Zionsville Community High School senior Katelyn Soards has more memories to make before heading to college.

“I’m so, so excited to share the stage with all these kids I’ve really grown up performing with,” Soards said. “It’s our final hurrah before moving on to the next chapters of our lives. Looking back at my four years in high school, show choir has truly been one of the biggest parts of life. I’m excited to be up on stage performing and doing what I love with the people I love one last time before moving on the next part of my life.”

The “Finale 2019” performances will be at 7 p.m. May 10 and 2 and 7 p.m. May 11 at the Zionsville Performing Arts Center.

Soards, who plans to make major in arts administration at Butler Univesrity, is one of two co-presidents of Royalaires, the mixed show choir.

In addition to the Royalaires, the Choralaires, an all-female show choir, appear in the “Finale.”

Aaron Coates, co-director with Deana Broge of both show choirs, said the choirs will do a variety of material.

“They will do some things they’ve done earlier this year,” Coates said. “They will do a lot of new material just for this concert and also end their award-winning competition shows. It will also feature our jazz band combo instrumental group.”

There will be several acts of seniors doing solos and small groups.

The show choir competition shows, approximately 20 minutes each, are the last half of the second act.

Coates said the Choralaires competition show was about being evil and coming to the light.

“They were witches in the first half and angels in the second half,” Coates said.

The Choralaires’ set will include “Kiss of the Spiderwoman,” a medley of Disney villain songs, and “I Put a Spell on You.” The show ends with “Come Alive” from “The Greatest Showman.”

The Royalaires’ competition show was based on a relationship breakup. The show opens with a version of Fleetwood Mac’s “Go Your Own Way.” Among the other songs are Taylor Swift “Look What You Made Me Do” and “Burn” from “Hamilton.”

“I loved it. it’s was so much fun. We do a comedy number halfway through our show called ‘Casualty of Love,’” Soards said. “I’m a big musical theater girl, so I was a sucker for the comedy number. It was fun to bring a bigger character to the stage. Often, we also see a lot of mixed groups do love and romance and more positive upbeat love themes. It was real exciting to bring another take on the show and do a more heartbreak and more angst theme we could relate to a little more.”

Senior Mitch Cross, a three-year member of Royalaires and one of the male dance captains, said this school year was special because there were a lot of underclassmen boys in Royalaires.

“They had to step up and do a pretty big role and I think it was super cool from the beginning of the year until now how much they’ve grown,” said Cross, who will attend Butler to major in finance and economics. “I’m looking forward to coming back next year and perform and see their growth even more.”

Cross said show choir has been a major part of the social group and the friends he has made.

“You’re with a group of around 55 kids for a lot of your time and you kind of get close to them, naturally,” he said. “I’ve made a lot of really good friends.”

Cross said “Finale” is always a special recap of the school year.

“We usually go through all the material we’ve learned and add six new songs,” Cross said. “It’s super cool to see how much we’ve done and grown as a group. It’s a super nice way to perform with all of your colleagues one last time.”

Tickets are $17.50 for the evening shows and $12.50 for the matinee. For more, visit zvilleperformingarts.org/tickets-2.

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