Tupelo High School debuts new show choir

Adam Robison | Buy at photos.djournal.com Synergy members, from left, Mamie Clark, Morgan Pannell and Malorie Payne, practice their new show, "Welcome to Mystery."

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Synergy members, from left, Mamie Clark, Morgan Pannell and Malorie Payne, practice their new show, “Welcome to Mystery.”

By Sheena Barnett

Daily Journal

TUPELO – So long, Sound Wave and Wave Connection; hello, Synergy.

Tupelo High School took the best of both worlds from its two show choirs to create a new show choir, the all-female group Synergy. The group’s debut show, “Welcome to Mystery” starts tonight and runs through Saturday at the THS Performing Arts Center.

“It’s full of pop songs everyone will know,” said Danielle Frerer, Synergy director. “There’s lots of space for solos, duets and group numbers.”

Synergy is preparing for several competitions, and the group is doing a “twisted circus” type of show. The “Welcome to Mystery” show the group is presenting this weekend follows more traditional show choir rules.

“A lot of all-girl showchoir shows are feminine and very light-hearted, and I wanted to go in a different direction. I put together a show I would have put together with a mixed group,” Frerer said.

The competition show will include lifts and tricks, as well as fresh choreography.

Both the competition and home shows are choreographed by THS show choir alums such as Mary Frances Massey, Roxie Clayton and Corrie Cockrell. As always, the high school show choir is backed by the band Structure.

“(Synergy) started rehearsing in August, so they’re so ready to do the show,” Frerer said.

Two juniors in Synergy, Reagan Ray and Natalie Sowers, have enjoyed the new group and its new show.

“I think it’s cool. The definition of synergy is two things coming together, so you’re taking the best of two things,” Ray, 17, said. “It’s the best thing that could’ve happened.”

The setlist includes Taylor Swift’s “Trouble,” a mash-up of “Survivor” by Destiny’s Child and the disco classic “I Will Survive,” as well as Robyn’s “Call Your Girlfriend,” which is sung a cappella with the help of a few hand claps.

“It’s nothing like Tupelo’s ever seen,” Sowers, 17, said. “It’ll be interesting to see how the crowd reacts.”

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ON STAGE

What: Tupelo High School show choir Synergy presents “Welcome to Mystery”

When: 7 p.m. today-Saturday, and 2:30 p.m. Saturday

Where: Tupelo High School Performing Arts Center

Cost: $7

Info: (662) 841-8970