The Lincoln County High School Show Choir recently participated in a four-day choreography camp with guest choreographer Will Erwin, who flew in from New York City to work with the 15 show choir students at LCHS.
The camp was an intense 17-hour, four-day activity that took place at the high school on March 1-4. Erwin is a former student of LCHS Choir Director Barry Petty and received his degree in musical theatre from the University of Alabama. He choreographed the Lee High School show choir for six years before moving to NYC where he is currently working, auditioning and composing.
Erwin also choreographed several shows in Huntsville, Ala., while attending the University of Alabama. He has performed in area theatre productions, as well as in regional theatre productions in Birmingham, Gulf Shores, and Tuscaloosa.
“Working with these kids has been a very fulfilling experience,” Erwin said. “It has been a long time since I’ve worked with a group that was so eager and excited to learn. No matter what I threw at them, they did not hesitate to give it their all. Most importantly, they enjoy it. It shows in their work ethic, their attitude and in their personalities.”
Students participating in the camp said they were fortunate and thankful to be able to learn from a professional choreographer.
“The weekend took a lot of dedication and discipline, but the end result made it worth it,” said Elese Wolverton, a senior. “I realized that we had become a family. That’s my favorite part. This is the only group that I feel I belong in”.
“One of the greatest experiences of my whole life,” Joseph Smith, a junior, said in describing the camp. “The past four days were hard, but it was worth it in the end.”
“It was exhilarating taking in so much knowledge in so little time,” said Carly Little, a sophomore. “The choreography is all so creative and original.”
“It was a great learning experience,” noted Kalista Holdmeyer, a freshman. “Coming into it, I expected very simple work, but Will pushed us and worked us hard to get the best out of us.”
The Lincoln County High School Show Choir consists of 15 student who sing and dance. The group rehearses every Monday and Thursday from 3:15 until 5:45 p.m. so the limited rehearsal schedule calls for students who are extremely focused and dedicated to the success of the group, said Petty.
This year’s group includes seniors Chelsea Hopkins, Nicholas Moose and Elese Wolverton, juniors Gabby Barnett, Joseph Gore and Joseph Smith, sophomores Landon Bradford, Mason Buck, Carly Little and Austin Smith and freshmen Rachel Boyett, Carson Gay, Regan Gomez, Kalista Holdmeyer and Ashlynn Moose.
The LCHS Show Choir will be competing at the Music in the Parks Competition on May 11 in Atlanta, Ga., and is currently seeking funds to pay for the approximately $3,000 trip. Donations are currently being accepted. Please make checks payable to Lincoln County High School. Donations may be mailed to the school, Lincoln County High School, attn. Barry Petty, 1233 Huntsville Highway, Fayetteville, TN 37334, or you can just bring it to the school.