PHS to host choir invitational

Over 12 ensembles to perform

For the Daily Call

PIQUA — Some of the best high school musical talent in the state will be featured at the 34th annual Piqua High School Show Choir Invitational, hosted by award-winning show choir ”The Company,” on Saturday, Jan. 14, in the Hartzell Center for Performing Arts at the high school.

The doors will open at 9 a.m. and the entertainment begins at 9:30 a.m. with performances by over a dozen choirs including local favorites West Milton Center Stage and the Lehman Limelighters. Other competing choirs include Ada, Buckeye Valley, Marion Harding. Colerain, Riverside, St. Clairsville, Martinsburg. Olentangy, Garfield Heights, and last year’s grand champion from Solon High School.

An awards ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. Performances by the six finalists will begin at 7 p.m. and the day will conclude with final awards and a special 10 p.m. performance by “The Company” of their 2017 competition show, “Don’t Stop Me Now!”

Adult admission is $10 for the day or evening sessions. The student ticket price is $7. All-day wristbands are $15. A wide variety of concessions will be available.

“It’s such an exciting day!” said Piqua High School Director of Choirs Tom Westfall. “The talent level of all the competing choirs promises non-stop entertainment!”

Along with Westfall, “The Company” is under the direction of assistant director Lara Ray, choreographer Kyle Fisher, instrumental director Mitch Mahaney, and technical director Justin Fry.

”The Company” has been in existence for 37 years. This year’s ensemble includes 52 singer/dancers and a 15-member band, “Audio Hype.” Always a crowd pleaser at local performances, they have also enjoyed success at competitions in Ohio, Indiana, and West Virginia. Last year, the troupe was named grand champion at Wapakoneta, and first runner-up at Hamilton. They also received numerous caption awards for best vocals, choreography, show concept, and outstanding male vocalist

“I’m so proud of these kids,” Westfall said. ”The level of talent and commitment is amazing. They give 110 percent at every performance. I give a lot of credit to our seniors. They provide valuable leadership and mentoring to the younger kids.”

For the 2017 competition season, ”The Company” will perform at Findlay, Grove City, Hamilton, Marion, and Wapakoneta.

“The Company” includes: Kelsey Sotello, Madalynn Mitchell, Jaymie Brittingham, Kelsey Painter, Tere Hogston, Cheyenne Clark, Olivia Booth, Regan Branson, Ashley Brush, Darby Bubp, Summer Cayton, Triana Collier, Kylie Emerick, Brianna Fuller, Audrey Jacomet, Julia Karn, Kaitlin Mullenix, Jordan Booker, Ashley Brading, Alysia Collett, Bradyn Craft, Mya Davis, Kelsey Humbarger, Azeh Johnson, Alyssa Keeler, Emily Stacy, Daysi Swallow, Danielle Widney, Savannah Stevens, Darby Wright, Brayden Latimer, James Curl, Gaven Davis, Sean Hatke, , Skyler Lowery, Mason Perry, Ryan Pierre, David Potts, Daniel Powis, Zayne Arbogast, Eli Baker, Ryan Barr, Mason Darner, Karl Garpiel, Jason Hampton, Matt Hughes, Jarred Gulett, Dante Kemp, Brent Lemmon, Jacob Swartz, Christian Starrett, and Ashtyn Wilson.

“Audio Hype” musicians are: Tristin Foos, Lee McPherson, Kristen Lewis, Storm, Ulibarri, Kate Dolder, JoJo Hudgins, Samantha Martin, Casey Graves, Greg Reyes, Caitlyn Applegate, Jenna Parker. Ethan Kister, Isaiha Smith, Alex Stewart, and Willis Young. Aaron Thompson provides crew assistance.

Over 12 ensembles to perform

For the Daily Call