Northrop’s mixed show choir, Charisma, will present an end-of-year performance for the community at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 17. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students. Northrop is at 7001 Coldwater Road, Fort Wayne.
Over the weekend, the show choir competed at the FAME National Show Choir Finals in Chicago. It marked the first time any Fort Wayne Community Schools group qualified for that competition.
The Carroll High School show choirs also competed April 22 at Arie Crown Theater. In the Unisex Division, Carroll’s Select Sound was first runner-up among nine schools. Carroll also received the award for the best crew. In the Mixed Division, Carroll’s Minstrel Magic was second runner-up, and received honors for best costumes and most original selection. Churubusco’s New Era was fourth runner-up.
Choirs advanced to the Chicago finals based on results at sanctioned qualifying events.
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 Moser.
This year’s competition show is based on the movie and musical “School Of Rock.”
The trip to Chicago was not inexpensive. “Fort Wayne Community Schools was very generous in helping us with transportation,” Maupin said. “And we had some help from a couple of other anonymous sources that wanted to help and then my parents organization, which is the Northrop Choral Association, gave us some money as well. So the parents were incredible.” That includes grandparents and other supporters, too, he said.
Caitline Southern is Northrop Student Council president. She is wrapping up her eighth year of show choir, including four with Maupin at Northrop. She has a solo in the ballad.
“I’m not even focused on the competition,” she said before the trip. “I’m more excited for the experience of performing in Chicago and being able to say ‘Hey, I did that.’ I’m definitely there to compete but the experience will be worthwhile.”
Back home, the end-of-show awaits. It also will mark the end of her show choir career. “It’s going to be really weird because show choir has literally been my life,” she said. “It’s going to be very emotional. I’m going to do a lot of crying.”
Northrop also has these end-of-year opportunities. Admission is $5 for adults, $3 for students.
• Fine Arts Concert, Tuesday, May 9, 7 p.m.
• Jazz Band Concert, Thursday, May 18, 7 p.m.
• Spring Dance Program, Friday, May 19, 7 p.m.