Friday, April 25, 2008

Paula Abdul Omnibus (Who Knew?)

First, consider the Churchill Showstoppers' 2006 performance of Cold Hearted Snake. Paula's 1989 hit is perfect for a girls' choir (often a feeder for the advanced co-ed group.)

In 2003, Mundelein Sound brought us this medley. It's higher concept, especially in the costume arena, and tackles some big issues: movies vs. TV, early bedtime vs. all night partying. This number is HARD HITTING and features a couple of dynamite soloists.

Though none even touch Paula's oeuvre, you can download Mundelein mp3s HERE!

Rounding out the Paula, is the mysterious Celebration Iowa! They're a high school performance group at Hunter College and they're AWESOME! The soloist is wonderfully wrong for the song and the production design screams KIDS UnIncorporated!
More bits of this stunning 80s medley are on the way...

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Burbank InSync: In the Air Tonight

Here's something fun:
First, listen to today's clip without watching (I recommend looking at something that compliments the dignity of the song, like this.) The intensity of the vocals is astonishing and shows a maturity that can only come from experience.
They must be seniors.

After you've fully appreciated the musical gravitas, watch the choreography.

Don't you hate it when the start of a number is cut off? I do- in fact, the previous song is often a large part of the payoff in a good SHOWCHOIR video. So if you need to, watch this:

Monday, April 21, 2008

Zionsvillle Royalaires: A Short Documentary

This explains a lot. And the lady outfits are superior- be sure and watch through about 2:20...

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

New Bedford Charisma: Love Shack

This is brilliant, though the male soloist performing Fred Schneider's part could take a lesson from the ladies' enthusiasm.

Do your self a favor and watch at least until they bang bang bang on the door, baby.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

Poca Visual Volume: Pepsi Medley

Poca is a town in Putnam County, West Virginia. In the 2003 census, the population was 1,013. I suppose they all love Pepsi.

Friday, April 11, 2008

Crete-Monee Cavaliers: Faith

Guys-only numbers can be problematic. Here, Crete-Monee chose simple, dark colored costumes to play-up masculinity, but the song choice, not to mention the vigorous choreography, totally queers the deal.

It's sweet and funny and amazing and terrible. I love it.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Chesterton Sandpipers: Electric Youth

This selection has everything: an earnest soloist, bold costumes, vigorous choreography, and a perfect show choir song.

Chesterton Sandpipers, you're ELECTRIC!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Onalaska Hilltoppers: The Final Countdown

Please note that this performance took palce in 2006, twenty years after the song was released and the same year Arrested Development was cancelled.