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Show choir prepares for festival of talent

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LTD performs a song from their revolution theme set.

LTD performs a song from their revolution theme set.

Photo by official MHS website

Photo by official MHS website

LTD performs a song from their revolution theme set.

Christina Rufo, Staff Writer

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On Saturday, Nov. 18, Mayfield is hosting a show choir festival with other schools around the area.  The festival will include Mayfield, Brush, and Akron High School.

Mayfield’s show choir group, Limited Edition, or LTD, has just a few more days to finish getting ready for the big show, and they are cramming in the practices in order to prepare.

Co director Brian Fancher said in early November, “Preparations are going fine, considering we haven’t gotten to the heavy duty stuff yet.”

Lots of effort is put into the production of the show choir festival, and it is up to the directors to get everything set up. Fancher said, “The most challenging part is making sure to coordinate between schools and send out invitations.”

There must be enough time for the groups to warm up, and Fancher must know how much equipment every group will be bringing or need.

Last year, LTD’s theme was Bring It On, but this year they are going in a new direction. Fancher said, “The theme is Resist, Recruit, and Rebuild.”

The singers are revolting from society’s demands, and they learn that in order to change things, they must unite.

To prepare, the group is working hard through lots of drills; running through each song multiple times. They are working on getting sharper and cleaner movements that will stick out in their performance.

They have been practicing their songs in front of mirrors as a way to work on their fierce facial expression. The group must also avoid consuming foods like milk that can weaken their vocal cords, and they must keep their voices clean for pure sound.

The upbeat tempo of the songs carries the enthusiasm of the group, tying it all together.

The first song is called “Uprising,” and it is the opening scene of the revolution. The group is angry and ready to make a permanent change.

There are many great opportunities that arise from the show choir festival. President of the club Nathan Muhlbach said, “We get to meet so many people and do in between acts. All around, it is an amazing time for all of us to come together.”

Mulbach makes sure everyone in LTD feels welcome and important.

Muhlbach said, “Now that I’m president, I want to make sure everyone is happy and wants to be there, but keeping up with that can be hard sometimes.”

The show choir festival is a chance for other groups to come together and perform for an audience, some even for the first time.

Brianna Mosley, a singer in the group, said, “I’m really excited to see everyone from the other schools and see what their themes are. I want to see the reactions of people to our idea of revolution.”
The schools all get to display their sets in the all day showcase, and families come from all around to support their singers.

During in between acts, the members are able to individually come up and sing for the audience. This allows the singers to take a break from the group and perform solo.

Mulbach and Mosley both achieved solos in the rioting routine.

Mulbach said, “I was so shocked, but so thankful [for the solo].”

Their costumes are purple, and look similar to army or fighting gear, different from last year’s highschool themed spirit wear.

Mulbach said, “LTD is excited to present their show on Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:00 and I hope everyone will come to support us.”

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