Showstoppers

ShowCase members perform in New York, bringing their talent back to CFHS’s season finale, ‘Showstoppers.’

Save the date! “Showstoppers,” Carolina Forest High School’s Show Choir’s season finale, is the weekend of May 10-12.

The production, which includes the Intermediate, Women’s and the ShowCase show choirs, will be performed Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11 at 7 p.m., and Sunday, May 12 at 3 p.m.

The singers and dancers will bring several of the pieces they performed in the Big Apple Classic in New York last month, where they earned first place in the show choir competition.

They’ll be performing a medley from “Mama Mia,” new pieces from “The Greatest Showman,” music from “Footloose” and from “Dear Evan Hansen.”

“We’re bringing back some of our favorite pieces,” says Kraig McBroom, director of choral activities at CFHS.

Bryan Beaman, Natalie Cesario-Beck and Jessica Carr are choreographing the show, which is a salute to this year’s graduating seniors.

Tickets for “Showstoppers” are available online at www.cfhsshowtickets.com.

The soon-to-be graduates will introduce themselves, give a few words about their after high school plans, and there will be a brief PowerPoint presentation of each of their lives.

One of those seniors, Brandon Garris, is hoping the audience will feel the love.

“This is our send-off, a goodbye to the seniors, and I hope the audience that’s watched us grow for four years will know we appreciate that they stuck with us.”

Planning to double major in sports communication and sports management at Coastal Carolina, Garris says his four years in show choir have taught him “amazing life skills,” and have given him “the opportunity to express music in a wonderful way on and off stage.”

This year’s show choir got off to a slow start because of a couple factors, McBroom says.

One was McBroom’s back surgery, which kept him out of classes the first two weeks of school.

Then after being back for just one day, school closed for another three weeks because of Hurricane Florence.

“We were behind the 8-ball, but the kids came back like gangbusters this spring, got very determined, and I couldn’t have been more proud of how they performed in New York,” McBroom says.

He describes their performance at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine as “magnificent.”

The 41 students who went on that trip saw “Aladdin” and “Frozen” on Broadway, had a workshop with members of the “Aladdin” cast and had dinner with other “Aladdin” cast members.

Bringing their New York experience back to Carolina Forest High School promises to be a great year’s finale, McBroom says.

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