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District 833 Community Education held a high school show choir camp last week at East Ridge High School. One of the numbers that students performed during a final performance on Friday was "Light Up the World" from "Glee." Staff photo by Amber Kispert-Smith.

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District 833 has its fair share of “Gleeks.”

District 833 Community Education held a high school show choir camp last week at East Ridge High School.

“Show choirs have really been around for a long, long time,” camp adviser Reid Larsen said. “It just sort of recently became really popular with shows like ‘Glee.’”

“Glee” is a popular television show centering on a high school show choir, or glee club.

A show choir is unique from other school or concert choirs in that performers not only sing — usually current songs — but they also dance during performances.

“Show choirs really have been almost like a cult following until it came into the mainstream,” Larsen said. “People who have done it previously have always been crazy about it, just now everybody knows about it too.”

The District 833  show choir performed three songs during a final performance on Friday.

The songs that students performed were: “City” by Sara Bareilles, “Light Up the World” from “Glee” and “Waka Waka” by Shakira.

“It’s current music that they listen to on the radio and can relate to it more,” Larsen said.

Throughout the show choir camp, students worked with Larsen to learn the three songs, while a choreographer worked with students to learn the routines.

“There’s just something about being able to sing and move at the same time,” Larsen said. “It can be hard too because you sort of have to break out of your shell.”

Larsen said he decided to pitch the show choir camp to Community Education because there wasn’t really anything similar available for high school students.

“I thought it would be a fun camp,” he said.

A middle school show choir camp was held June 17-21 at Lake Middle School.

Larsen said he hopes to continue offering a show choir camp during the summer for high school students.

“It’s a great chance to meet other students from around the district that are passionate about music,” he said.

Amber Kispert-Smith
Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.
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