Friday, March 03, 2000

Fairfield host to choral competition

Enquirer Contributor

        FAIRFIELD — When the Fairfield High School Choraliers don their 1950s letterman jackets and cheerleader outfits Saturday, the singers won't be under the same kind of pressure they have been during competition season.

        This time, when they get on stage at Fairfield High School's Performing Arts Center and start the Beach Boys' “Be True to Your School,” it will be for fun.

        The Choraliers are hosting the second annual Crystal Classic Show competition at Fairfield High School. Twelve show choirs from Southwest Ohio and Indiana will compete for crystal trophies. The Choraliers and Fairfield Middle School's Rhythm Express will not compete but will present their shows while judges are compiling results.

        Almost 1,000 students — including singers, their instrumental groups and tech crews — will participate in the all-day program. Each group will have about 25 minutes to set up, perform, and tear down props, said Dan Prior, Fairfield High School's choral music director.

        The program is open to the public and begins at 9 a.m. About 4:15 p.m., after all the choirs have performed, the Rhythm Express will do its show while judges pick the top five groups, who will compete again at 7 p.m. for top awards. The Choraliers will perform at 9:40 p.m. while judges compile final results for the Grand Champion Trophy award presentation to follow.

        The 1999 Crystal Classic Show, held on a snowy January Saturday, raised more than $7,000 for the Choraliers, Mr. Ropp said.

        The Choraliers' show this year is based on the theme of schools, Mr. Prior said. Each number is set differently: at graduation, looking through yearbooks, at a football game and in the school cafeteria, ending with Alice Cooper's “School's Out for Summer.” So far in the competition season, the group has earned top honors in all but one competition, where it came in second.

        “We had a ball last year,” Mr. Ropp said. “Our goal is to show off these young people and have lots of fun.”

        Concessions will be available all day. Tickets can be purchased at the door. Cost for adults is $6 for either the daytime or evening show, or $10 for both. Students pay $3 for either show.

        Information: 942-2999, extension 115.


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