Members of Dickson show choirs stun at statewide showcase

On Saturday, Feb. 3, members of Dickson High School’s two show choirs, Showcase and the all female Comettes, represented their school at the 30th annual Southeastern Oklahoma State University Honor Show Choir. 

In fact, all 27 of the students who are involved in the two ensembles were selected to be a part of the honors choir. Dickson High School had more students in the 100 person choir than any other school at the event.

Dickson Choir Director Thelesa Taylor said having this many students participating in the event is quite an honor. She said that students must audition by the first of November, and she described that process.

“The students are required to sing two minutes of a song of their choice, record it on a specific YouTube address, then send it in for judging,” Taylor said. She added that students are sent their music in early December so they can be ready for the big show. 

This year, the performance was based off the music of Michael Jackson. Students sang and danced to a medley of “I Want You Back” and “ABC,” “Man in the Mirror,” “Thriller” and “Beat it.”

Senior Aubrey McDonald said everyone arrived on Friday, Feb. 2 to begin learning their choreography.

“We got there at 8 in the morning on Friday, and sang and danced all day,” McDonald said. “Then we come back the next day and put on the show that night.”

While at the event, eight awards are also handed out to stand-out individuals. Dickson ended up taking home four of these awards. Senior Aubrey McDonald received best female vocalist. Junior Connor Boren received best male dancer. Senior Barley Byrne received Mr. Personality, and Senior Connon Schreiber received the award for best overall boy.

Schreiber said that the entire Dickson Showcase was selected to perform one of their numbers for everyone at the event.

“We won best ensemble in the talent show,” Schreiber said. “So our whole choir performed that night for everyone.”

McDonald said that the Dickson show choirs are now teaching other students the song and dance numbers they learned at the event.

“We just went a couple weeks ago, so we’re still teaching everyone right now,” McDonald said. “Then we’re going to do it again at Comet Capers in March.”

“It was a wonderful experience for our students,” Taylor said. “I’m so happy they all got to be part of it.”