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January 24, 2014

Show choirs gear up for Classic

Competition draws groups from across United States

DANVILLE — Danville High School’s Dick Van Dyke Auditorium will be filled with song, dance and sparkly costumes as it plays host to the 18th annual Midwest Classic at the end of the month.

This year’s two-day show choir competition will gather 23 middle school and high school choral ensembles from across Illinois and Indiana and around the country, totaling more than 1,500 students, to compete at DHS for awards in various categories.

The competition is expected to draw more than 3,000 spectators to enjoy the entertainment of nine middle school groups on Friday, Jan. 31, and 14 high school show choirs on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Established in 1997, the Midwest Classic has grown and developed into one of the most respected show choir competitions in the Midwest and continues to be the largest event held at Danville High School, providing an unmatched performance venue with the historic Dick Van Dyke Auditorium.

“We encourage people to come out and see what the show choirs have to offer,” said Teri Cassem, president and publicity chair for the DHS Choral Boosters.

Although Danville’s own show choirs won’t compete for awards, South View Middle School’s Encore, North Ridge Middle School’s Radiant Reds and Redcoats as well as DHS’ Comtemporaires and Delegation groups will show off to the hometown audience with their exhibition performances.

“The judges do give us some feedback, which is good before we go out for competition,” said Adam Johnson, DHS’ new choral director this year.

The middle school division competition will kick off the event at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 31, with an exhibition performance from South View Middle School’s Encore. Radiant Reds from North Ridge Middle School will perform at 7:30 p.m., and the Redcoats from North Ridge will perform at 9:45 p.m.

The awards ceremony will be held immediately after.

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