Ensembles of dancers and singers from within and outside the state are set to take the stage tonight and Saturday as Opelika High School hosts its annual Southern Showcase Showchoir Competition.

More than 30 groups of middle and high school students will be performing to a variety of jazz, pop, R&B and gospel tunes inside the Opelika Center for the Performing Arts, including two showchoirs – a mixed and an all-girl group – from Opelika High School.

“The mixed group, they’re singing some Pat Benatar, ‘Invincible,’” said director Jeremy Robinson. “They’re singing a gospel song by Donald Lawrence. They’re doing ‘Giants in the Sky’ from the musical, ‘Enter the Woods’ by Stephen Sondheim. My girls group, one of their selections is ‘Girl on Fire’ by Alicia Keys. They’re doing ‘The Rhythm is Gonna Get You’ by Gloria Estefan, and they’re doing an excerpt from the Broadway musical, ‘Dreamgirls.’”

Serving as a school fundraiser, the competition is drawing in groups from all over Alabama, in addition to Mississippi, Tennessee and South Carolina, Robinson said. Performances will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 9:45 p.m. on Friday, as well as from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday. Admission is $10 per day, or $15 for a weekend pass.

Concessions, particularly barbecue and sandwiches, will also be available as audience members witness an exciting array of people and activities, Robsinson said.

“And it’s a bonding experience within the groups, the show choirs that compete,” Robinson said. “But for those who are coming just to watch as spectators, there’s really nowhere else you can go to see this caliber of groups that compete really within our state. It’s one of the top competitions within the state.” 

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