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Fifty members of the Bemidji Show Choir "Vocalmotive" prepare for another competitive season under the direction of Chris Fettig. Their first competition will be at Linn Mar High School in Iowa. The first opportunity for Bemidji residents to see them will be the Dinner Show Jan. 21, 22 and 23. The dancers/singers learn their choreography Friday afternoon. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper
Fifty members of the Bemidji Show Choir "Vocalmotive" prepare for another competitive season under the direction of Chris Fettig. Their first competition will be at Linn Mar High School in Iowa. The first opportunity for Bemidji residents to see them will be the Dinner Show Jan. 21, 22 and 23. The dancers/singers learn their choreography Friday afternoon. Pioneer Photo/Monte Draper

Bemidji School District: Show choirs prepare for new season of competition

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Students from Bemidji High School are using their hearts, lungs and souls to entertain audiences this winter.

Show choir season is back and BHS varsity show choir Vocalmotive is reviving music from the 1970s and 1980s in their original performance, "Count on Me."

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This week, students have been working with Minneapolis-based dance choreographer and BHS alumnus Kevin Chase in finalizing the show's routines. Earlier in the year, students also worked with Chicago-based freelance choreographer April James. Vocalmotive has worked with James for more than 10 seasons.

"We've got great choreography planned this year," said Vocalmotive director Chris Fettig. "Everything has to do with numbers."

This year's show starts with a classic - "The Final Countdown," originally performed by the band Europe.

In planning this year's show, Fettig said he found songs for the ballad first.

The ballad is a mix of three songs: "Lost Without Your Love," by Bread; "All By Myself," by Eric Carmen; and "One (is the Loneliest Number)," by Three Dog Night.

"I wanted to do the ballad as a combination of three songs that I grew up hearing," Fettig said. "It's all those tear-jerkers, but I think they all go together really well."

The show's theme, "Count on Me," tells a story that can be interpreted in more ways than one, Fettig said.

"I wanted to do a theme where we start out not alone, then as just one person, and then back to not being alone again," Fettig said.

"Or, you can simplify it as breaking up and getting back together," he added.

This year's lineup of songs is unique, Fettig said, because the show actually features a combination of 11 songs.

One of the songs, "Major Tom" by Shiny Toy Guns, is welded into the show's opening song, "The Final Countdown." Another song, "Superstitions" by Stevie Wonder, was fit into the song, "50 Ways to Lose Your Lover," by Paul Simon.

The boys and girls will sing songs separately. The boys will be singing "8675309/Jenny," by Tommy Tutone and the girls will be singing "1-2-3" By Gloria Estephon.

The final song will be "Count on Me," by Default.

Last year's theme, "True Colors," featured red balloons as props and surprisingly colorful costume changes. The show choir received two first-place trophies last year.

Fettig said this year's performance will not use as many props or tricks as last season's show.

"This is sort of 'old-school' show choir," Fettig said. "The costumes are all going to be new. They are going to be nice. But there won't be as many costume changes."

Fettig added this year the show will hinge more on the quality of the arrangements, songs and choreography.

"There is a lot of good music," Fettig added. "The kids really like the show."

There are 50 students in Vocalmotive this year, 25 males and 25 females. There are also nine students performing in the varsity show choir band.

Fettig said this year's group of students are "one of the nicest groups" he has worked with.

"They are very easy to work with," he said. "They are more team-minded. I haven't seen anything but real cooperation and efforts to help each other out."

According to Fettig, the majority of the male students are younger. Only three senior boys signed up to perform this year. However, he said, he believes show choir is growing, not dying.

"There are at least three more schools in the state that have show choirs this year," Fettig said. "We had the same number of kids at camp this summer as we had last summer. We haven't seen any decrease in participation."

La Voce Ballo

La Voce Ballo, the junior varsity, all-girl show choir directed by Emily Paine and Jessie Ladig, is performing "It's All About Heart," this year. The students will perform in Eau Claire, Wis., and in Waconia and Fridley, Minn.

Middle School

Bemidji Middle School's two show choirs, Jive and Pizazz, are set to start their season Wednesday, Dec. 8. Jive is comprised of all middle school boys and seventh- and eighth-grade girls. Pizazz is an all-girls show choir, comprised of sixth- and seventh-grade girls. Jive and Pizazz are directed by Jessie Fisher.

Show choirs

For more information about Bemidji show choirs, visit http://bemidjishowchoirs.org/.

2011 Vocalmotive schedule

E Jan. 15, Linn Mar High School, Marion, Iowa.

E Jan. 21, 22, 23, dinner shows at Bemidji High School.

E Feb. 5, Memorial High School, Eau Claire, Wis.

E Feb. 12, Waconia High School, Waconia, Minn.

E Feb. 25, "Pops Concert" at BHS.

E March 5, Totino-Grace High School, Fridley, Minn.

E March 18, 19, "Marcoux Corner" at BHS.

Students from Bemidji High School are using their hearts, lungs and souls to entertain audiences this winter.

Show choir season is back and BHS varsity show choir Vocalmotive is reviving music from the 1970s and 1980s in their original performance, "Count on Me."

This week, students have been working with Minneapolis-based dance choreographer and BHS alumnus Kevin Chase in finalizing the show's routines. Earlier in the year, students also worked with Chicago-based freelance choreographer April James. Vocalmotive has worked with James for more than 10 seasons.

"We've got great choreography planned this year," said Vocalmotive director Chris Fettig. "Everything has to do with numbers."

This year's show starts with a classic - "The Final Countdown," originally performed by the band Europe.

In planning this year's show, Fettig said he found songs for the ballad first.

The ballad is a mix of three songs: "Lost Without Your Love," by Bread; "All By Myself," by Eric Carmen; and "One (is the Loneliest Number)," by Three Dog Night.

"I wanted to do the ballad as a combination of three songs that I grew up hearing," Fettig said. "It's all those tear-jerkers, but I think they all go together really well."

The show's theme, "Count on Me," tells a story that can be interpreted in more ways than one, Fettig said.

"I wanted to do a theme where we start out not alone, then as just one person, and then back to not being alone again," Fettig said.

"Or, you can simplify it as breaking up and getting back together," he added.

This year's lineup of songs is unique, Fettig said, because the show actually features a combination of 11 songs.

One of the songs, "Major Tom" by Shiny Toy Guns, is welded into the show's opening song, "The Final Countdown." Another song, "Superstitions" by Stevie Wonder, was fit into the song, "50 Ways to Lose Your Lover," by Paul Simon.

The boys and girls will sing songs separately. The boys will be singing "8675309/Jenny," by Tommy Tutone and the girls will be singing "1-2-3" By Gloria Estephon.

The final song will be "Count on Me," by Default.

Last year's theme, "True Colors," featured red balloons as props and surprisingly colorful costume changes. The show choir received two first-place trophies last year.

Fettig said this year's performance will not use as many props or tricks as last season's show.

"This is sort of 'old-school' show choir," Fettig said. "The costumes are all going to be new. They are going to be nice. But there won't be as many costume changes."

Fettig added this year the show will hinge more on the quality of the arrangements, songs and choreography.

"There is a lot of good music," Fettig added. "The kids really like the show."

There are 50 students in Vocalmotive this year, 25 males and 25 females. There are also nine students performing in the varsity show choir band.

Fettig said this year's group of students are "one of the nicest groups" he has worked with.

"They are very easy to work with," he said. "They are more team-minded. I haven't seen anything but real cooperation and efforts to help each other out."

According to Fettig, the majority of the male students are younger. Only three senior boys signed up to perform this year. However, he said, he believes show choir is growing, not dying.

"There are at least three more schools in the state that have show choirs this year," Fettig said. "We had the same number of kids at camp this summer as we had last summer. We haven't seen any decrease in participation."

La Voce Ballo

La Voce Ballo, the junior varsity, all-girl show choir directed by Emily Paine and Jessie Ladig, is performing "It's All About Heart," this year. The students will perform in Eau Claire, Wis., and in Waconia and Fridley, Minn.

Middle School

Bemidji Middle School's two show choirs, Jive and Pizazz, are set to start their season Wednesday, Dec. 8. Jive is comprised of all middle school boys and seventh- and eighth-grade girls. Pizazz is an all-girls show choir, comprised of sixth- and seventh-grade girls. Jive and Pizazz are directed by Jessie Fisher.

Show choirs

For more information about Bemidji show choirs, visit http://bemidjishowchoirs.org/.

2011 Vocalmotive schedule

- Jan. 15, Linn Mar High School, Marion, Iowa.

- Jan. 21, 22, 23, dinner shows at Bemidji High School.

- Feb. 5, Memorial High School, Eau Claire, Wis.

- Feb. 12, Waconia High School, Waconia, Minn.

- Feb. 25, "Pops Concert" at BHS.

- March 5, Totino-Grace High School, Fridley, Minn.

- March 18, 19, "Marcoux Corner" at BHS.

E January 21, 22, 23, dinner shows at BHS.

E Feb. 5, Memorial High School, Eau Claire, Wis.

E Feb. 12 Waconia High School, Waconia, Minn.

E Feb. 25, "Pops Concert," BHS.

E March 5, Totino-Grace High School, Fridley, Minn.

E March 18, 19, "Marcoux Corner," BHS

E January 21, 22, 23, dinner shows at BHS.

- Feb. 5, Memorial High School, Eau Claire, Wis.

- Feb. 12 Waconia High School, Waconia, Minn.

- Feb. 25, "Pops Concert," BHS.

- March 5, Totino-Grace High School, Fridley, Minn.

- March 18, 19, "Marcoux Corner," BHS

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