Tiger Rhythm and Tiger Mystique sing their way to the top
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Tiger Rhythm and Tiger Mystique will be departing for their third competition on Mar. 1. This time they will be headed to Fridley, Minnesota to compete in the Totino-Grace show choir competition. They will leave Wednesday night and return on Sunday morning, Mar. 5.
In order to prepare for this contest both choirs will be having a rehearsal from 3-9pm. Tiger Mystique, who generally practices Monday-Friday from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., will have this rehearsal on Monday, Feb. 27. Tiger Rhythm, who usually rehearses Monday-Friday from 6:40 a.m. to 7:40 a.m., will have this rehearsal on Tuesday, Feb. 28. These long rehearsals are essential. They give the groups a longer time together to work on their choreography, vocals and making sure their show is the best it can be.
Senior Kimmy Caho is in her third year of Tiger Mystique. Competing shows her how much her hard work pays off. In addition to that, she also learns a lot of new techniques and ideas from watching the other show choirs.
“The best part about competing is the moment you step on the stage, the adrenaline rushes through your veins knowing you’re about to do something you love while inspiring others,” Caho said.
Dancing and singing on stage with her friends has helped Caho push out of her comfort zone while pushing the passion she’s had for music since she was little.
Junior Noah Mebane is a bass two in Tiger Rhythm. Competing has taught Mebane diligence. It has also taught him that sometimes trying your best doesn’t always work out they way you may want it to, but trying your best and giving it your all is what matters most.
“I wanted to join show choir because I loved to sing and even though I had never really danced before, I wanted to try and I fell in love,” Mebane said.
Both choirs have a pre-competition ritual that takes place in the warm-up room right before they perform. The choir circles up and hold hands, once here they close their eyes and take turns squeezing their right hand all the way around the circle. They count how many seconds it takes to get around the whole circle. Both choirs have a record of six seconds. This is an energy exercise that teaches the students to focus. It also calms their nerves and brings the choirs closer to each other.
Senior Faith Stephenson is a soprano three in Tiger Mystique. Stephenson wanted to step outside of her comfort zone and do something new for her senior year. Show choir has accomplished both of these things for her.
“My favorite part about being in show choir is being able to spend my time with people who share the love of singing and competing,” Stephenson said.
For Stephenson, one of the most exciting parts about competition is seeing all the other choirs compete. She learns from them and it makes her want to perform that much harder when it’s Tiger Mystiques turn to perform.