Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

January 24, 2013

Silver strike for Andover High show choirs


The Andover Townsman

---- — Both Andover High show choirs competing at a local festival Saturday returned home with silver awards.

On Saturday, Jan. 19, both of the Andover High School show choirs performed at the 12th Annual Mill City Show Choir Festival. In all, 11 teams participated in the all-day competition, representing Waltham High, Dracut High, Case High, Shepherd Hill High, Daniel Hand High (Connecticut), Oliver Ames High, Somerset High and Lowell High schools.

Andover High School has two show choirs, both under the direction of Mark Mercer and choreographed by Beth Kennedy. They are “Nothing But Treble,” an all-ladies show choir, and “From Start to Finish,” a mixed show choir.

In the previous two years that Andover High has competed at Mill City, Andover has only been able to reach bronze status. This year, however, both groups received a silver award, scoring close to the top groups of the evening. In addition, “From Start to Finish” received a Judges’ Award for special recognition of its opening number.

The overall show judge stated, “This show’s opening number could easily double as an Opening Olympic Ceremony act.”

The two show choirs have more competitions awaiting them this season. They will head to the Central Massachusetts Show Choir Festival on Feb. 2, followed by the New England Show Choir Classic on March 2. They will then head to the FAME Events National Show Choir Competition in New York City March 7 through 10 to compete with show choirs from all over the country. If they place in the top groups, they could be invited to the FAME Events National Show Choir Finals in Chicago.