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Local choir tours London

Hart High students invited by Olympic Committee

Posted: August 13, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: August 13, 2012 2:00 a.m.
 

Enjoying a little bit of history was part of the summer school curriculum for Hart High’s show choir.

A group of 21 students recently returned from an England trip that allowed them to experience London and a taste of the Olympic Games.

The group performed three times during the seven-day trip, and while the sightseeing was incredible, the shows took center stage, said Madison Frisch, a 16-year-old junior.

“My favorite part was probably performing at Olympic Village,” Frisch said. “That was the headline of the trip that grabbed my attention when I first heard about it.”

The group was invited by the Olympic Committee, according to Gail Hart, adviser for the show choir program. Members created and practiced new routines over their summer especially for the trip, Hart said.

“We wanted to sing identifiable songs that would be identifiable to anyone,” Hart said. “We had about a month and a half of rehearsals with this group.”

Songs like Van Halen’s “Jump,” Adele’s “Rumor Has It” and a medley of Journey’s “Any Way You Want It” and “Don’t Stop Believin’” were among the numbers they performed.

“Kids just love to do it, It’s a really great activity for kids who love to perform because we perform constantly,” she said.

The competition season starts in February

There are about 180 show choir students, and the trips are all paid for by the students and their fundraising efforts, such as car washes, program ads and a children’s clinic, Hart said.

“It was a really great way to get our name out there,” said junior Tyler Piwowarczyk, 16.

“It was a lot of fun, and it was a really good way to immerse myself in the culture and the different types of food. And being at the Olympics and being at such a historic event was unbelievable.”

For Frisch, who said she’s loved the show choir program ever since she transferred to Hart, the trip was an unforgettable experience.

“The London trip definitely was a trip of the lifetime,” Frisch said. “I not only got to perform at Olympic Village and all these amazing places, but I got to do it with all of my friends.”

psmith@the-signal.com

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