By Sheena Barnett/NEMS Daily Journal
It’s double the music, double the dancing and double the sparkles this weekend in Tupelo.
Tupelo Middle School’s show choir, Splash, and Tupelo High School’s show choir, Soundwave, both have performances this weekend.
Soundwave presents “Kaleidoscope,” a show full of new hits like Maroon 5’s “Payphone,” Cee Lo Green’s “Forget You” and “Halo” by Beyonce and classic favorites like Cyndi Lauper’s “True Colors” and Madonna’s “Like a Prayer.”
“There’s a lot of diversity in the songs and dances,” said Soundwave member Rachel Lee, 15. “There’s classic Broadway and modern and hip-hop. You get a really good mixture of different time periods, and it varies in vocal techniques and dancing. It all moves very well.”
“Kaleidoscope” is an award-winning show, scoring Soundwave first, second and third places at competitions in Jackson, Belmont and Petal, respectively, said director Suzy White Williams.
Diamond Foster, 17, a junior, said the show’s diversity – from Broadway tunes, like a “Hairspray” medley, to hip-hop tunes like “Forget You” – are what make the show great.
“We’ve worked really hard on the show,” she said. “Come see us.”
“Kaleidoscope” features eight costume changes, and the 27-girl group is backed by a live band, Structure. Soundwave hosted a show choir camp as a fundraiser earlier in its season, and the campers will show off what they learned at the shows.
‘Do You Remember’
Splash’s show, “Do You Remember,” actually starts with the words, “Do you remember,” from Earth Wind and Fire’s “September.”
“It’s songs from the past and present,” said director Katie Foxworthy.
The show includes an Elvis medley, complete with glittery guitars.
“The coolest part is the Elvis medley, because we have props. It’s a lot of cool dancing,” said McKenzie Young, an eighth-grader.
It’s an 80s number that eighth-grader Caroline Parker has fun with.
“I love doing ‘Safety Dance’ – we have really cool moves,” she said.
Both girls have solos.
“It’s a good opportunity for them to show off their voices,” Foxworthy said.
Each of the 51 girls has worked hard, she said.
“Everyone is really focused and dedicated,” McKenzie said.
What: Tupelo High School’s Soundwave presents “Kaleidoscope”
When: 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday
Where: Tupelo High School Performing Arts Center
Cost: $7/advance, $8 door
Info: (662) 841-8970