Aim for a One

Choir students prepare for the upcoming UIL competition

The UIL Choir competition for students to sing with their choir and be scored by judges will be taking place on Wednesday, April 5, Thursday, April 6, and Friday, April 7 at Canyon Lake High School. Only students who pass all of their classes by the end of the nine weeks are allowed to participate.

“You should always aim to pass no matter the incentive,” Choir director Bonnie Smith said. “I am hopeful that they [choirs] can find focus during rehearsals.”

Students are both nervous and excited as UIL comes closer along with further practice. Choirs will have practice during class and occasionally after school until the competition.

“There’s a chance to grow with the other group of people that are working beside you,” junior Blaze Bauer said. “I believe they [rehearsals] help us even if they take time out of our day to do so.”

The choirs that will be performing in UIL are the Lords of Cambridge Chorale, the Ladies of Cambridge Chorale, the Canterbury Lasses, the Westminister Women, members from the Buckingham Balladeers, and members of the Oxford Singers. The judges will score each choir with a five being the worst and a one being the best grade. Smith said that if they get sweepstakes, scoring one’s on both sight reading and on stage, she will bring Baklava, a type of food named in one of their songs “Hamisha Asar”, and Hot Chocolate.

“We are on the way to success,” Smith said. “I am hoping for sweepstakes.” By Julia Lucas

WCHS Theatre presents “Da”

Theatre prepares for upcoming show

The theatre department will be presenting the play “Da” by Hugh Leonard on tomorrow Tuesday, March 7 in the auditorium. The play is best described as an Irish comedy and drama, and it will be a total of 39 minutes long.

Students can come to watch the show first period at 8:52 a.m., second period at 9:49 a.m., third period at 10:47 a.m., and fourth period at 11:42 a.m. Teachers also ask that students don’t talk, text, or use their electronic devices during the play.

“When I first read the play, I thought it was one of the most innovative pieces I’d ever encountered,” Theater teacher Clark Stevens said. “I fell in love with it.”

The actors in the play will also be competing with “Da” at District at Madison High School on Wednesday, March 22 at 5 p.m. Students will be allowed to come to the one-act play contest if they please.

“The sense of accomplishment the students have, and seeing them celebrate their work has been my favorite part of this whole play,” Stevens said. “The play is just very realistic and it’s overall emotionally moving.”  By Sydney Smith

Orchestra And Band Collaborate To Compete In Contest

Students are work hard to prepare for their upcoming competition

Every Monday afternoon from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., fourth and fifth orchestra along with band will be practicing for their full orchestra concert.

“It’s a new experience,” Orchestra teacher Amy Rabago said. “I’ve never taken a full orchestra before, but overall I feel pretty prepared,”

Students and instructors are ecstatic for this opportunity to compete in the full orchestra this year especially because most of the performers are seniors, and this will be their last time with this experience.

“I’m excited about playing with the band as well as performing for contest,” senior Juan Leos said.

Seniors are excited to end their year, but they are also upset about the end of their friendships and memories coming right around the corner.

“It feels bittersweet,” senior Natale Heilman said. “There are so many great friends and memories I’ve made, but I’m glad to move on to college.” By Wendi Smith

Students Prepare to Share Their Talent

Solo and Ensemble provides a good source of feedback for musical students

Solo and Ensemble will be taking place on Friday, Feb. 25 for students to perform in front of judges who will critique their act. The deadline for the $31 to enter was Monday, Feb. 23.

“It’s a really good opportunity to receive one-on-one feedback from someone other than their teacher,” Assistant Choir Director and AP Music Theory Teacher Bonnie Smith said. “If they practice well and put forth effort, they will be successful.”

Students’ performances will be scored with a 1 being the highest and a 5 being the lowest grade. This event is only for students in band, orchestra, or choir.

“[I am] very excited,” junior Blaze Bauer said. “It [Solo and Ensemble] teaches you that a single voice sometimes is more powerful than a whole choir, when in that room as an orchestra kid, Solo and Ensemble is one of the scariest but most memorable things in the world.”

Solo and Ensemble will not extend past 5 p.m. Teachers urge students to try it.

“We are all on our own journey, so try something every day that scares you,” Smith said. “There are lots of professional singers who started out like you.” By Julia Lucas