BURLINGTON — Burlington High School will be alive with the sound of music this weekend as area show choirs put their best musicians, singers and dancers to the test.
The school on Saturday is hosting the annual Chocolate City Showcase, where 12 middle school and high school show choirs from Wisconsin and Illinois will compete with themed routines that last about 20 minutes and have student performers sing and dance to music played live by student musicians.
“It’s a lot like ‘Glee,’ ” explained Penny Yanke, show choir director and choral teacher at Burlington High School, 400 McCanna Parkway.
Burlington High School’s own 50-student show choir, called B*Jazzled, won’t be among those competing Saturday — standard practice when a school hosts such an event — but the choir will perform while competition scores get tabulated, Yanke said.
“People should really come see it, especially if they don’t really know what show choir is,” said Bryce Gauger, a Burlington senior and show choir singer/dancer. “There’s lots of talent that comes.”
The Chocolate City Showcase is in its third year. It was started after Yanke realized no show choir competitions were held nearby, she said.
“We had been to several competitions in the state and there was not really one in this area, so I was thinking with our new facility and the great new field house we have that we have the facility to do it,” Yanke said.
Schools host their own show choir competitions because there’s no organization for the choirs to compete through, like how athletes compete through the Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association, Yanke said.
Groups pay to compete — it’s $250 to be in Burlington’s showcase — and the rules are generally the same at each school, Yanke said.
Though B*Jazzled won’t compete Saturday, the group has five competition appearances planned for this winter and was just picked to perform at the state Capitol in March as part of Music in Our Schools Month, Yanke said.
The choir’s competition routine this year, which students will perform Saturday, is spy-themed. It has songs from James Bond movies, costuming that includes tuxedos and plenty of fight scenes.
If You Go
WHAT: Chocolate City Showcase middle school and high school show choir competition.
WHEN: Saturday, starting at 9:30 a.m. and running into the evening.
WHERE: Burlington High School, 400 McCanna Parkway.
COST: $10 wristbands allow entry all day and night. They can be purchased at the door.
MORE INFO: Visit bjazzledshowchoir.com.