Northrop’s Charisma heads to Nationals

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Northrop’s mixed show choir, Charisma, will compete Saturday at the FAME National Show Choir competition in Chicago.

The group qualified by being one of the top finishers earlier in the year at the Carroll High School Invitational. This is the first time that the group or any FWCS group has qualified for the National FAME competition. Charisma has been preparing for the competition since returning from their trip to Disney over spring break. Charisma consists of 54 singer/dancers, 20 band members and a crew of 17. The group is directed by Tom Maupin and choreographed by Chris Rasor; Rob Wilson directs the band. This year Charisma is assisted by Nick Maloy and William Mosier. This year’s competition show is based on the movie and musical “School Of Rock.” Throughout the months of January, February and March the group competed all across the state and won numerous awards.

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.

Only nine showchoirs will compete Saturday at the Arie Crown Theater on South Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. Northrop will perform at 5:30 p.m.

Maupin said Fort Wayne Community Schools, the school’s music boosters and other anonymous donors have been incredibly generous to make the the trip possible.

Caitline Southern is the Northrop Student Council president and a fourth-year member of the show choir. She said she intends to do her best but she is thrilled just to be going to the national contest.

That’s the right attitude, Maupin said. “I just want you to have fun.”

Regardless of the further honors that the show choir earns in Chicago, Charisma plans a final show for the home crowd. The end-of-year show will be presented at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. Admission is $5 for adults or $5 for students.

Maupin is completing his 29th year with the show choir. He said auditions for next school year are complete, but he has yet to announce selections.