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Getting into the Swing of things

February 22, 2019
CJ Eilers - Editor ( , Traer Star-Clipper

Swing Show at North Tama is around the corner on March 7 and 8, and students are preparing for the longtime tradition in the weeks approaching curtain time.

"Swing Show is a huge opportunity for kids in the music department to show their talents on stage," Terry Shay, Chorus Director said. "I've been here 28 years and this has been happening long before me. It's a great North Tama tradition."

The Swing Show will feature the music from the popular movie "The Greatest Showman" performed by the high school band, chorus, vocal soloists, percussion ensemble as well as skits prepared based off the theme and the North Tama Dance Team showing off their moves. A band and vocal council of students chose the theme, songs, solos and skits to make it truly a student show.

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Cael Even and Carlie Gorder rehearse dance moves as the choir prepares for the upcoming Swing Show March 7 and 8.

"The skits are one of the favorite parts for the audience because they enjoy watching and laughing," Shay said. "This year's theme is really high energy and it will be fun."

Among those students and on one of those councils is senior Caleb DeBoef, who will perform with the choir, band and possibly a solo this season. This will be his fourth and final Swing Show and hopes to go out with a band.

"Swing Show just a really fun time to be out with all of my classmates and perform with them," senior Caleb DeBoef said. "Last year, we say 'Time of My Life' and I lifted Zane [Nelson] and that was a fun time. I want my last Swing show to be a good time and make it a good show."

In addition to their own performance, members of the dance team choreographed the choir's show. Students spend their regular class time learning the moves from Meg Popelka and Dylan Rohlfsen along with the music being taught by Shay.

"During chorus time, we learn all the songs and do the choreography," Shay said. "We plan to do practices on the stage here soon and fine tune everything."

Practices had been difficult due to inclement weather, but spirits are high as the students and staff work to make this year "The Great Show."

"It's a great time to get to know these kids outside of the classroom," Shay said. "There's a lot of great memories over the years, but I think the greatest thing is to watch a student audition for a solo very meek and then be a star on the stage. It's the best show in town."

The community will have two chances to see the Swing Show this year on Thursday, March 7 and Friday, March 8 with both performances at 7 p.m. For more information, contact North Tama Jr/Sr High School at (319) 478-2265.



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