The 31st annual Findlay First Edition Fall Fest Show Choir Festival is scheduled for 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, in R.L. Heminger Auditorium at Findlay High School.
General admission tickets are $10, seniors and students are $5. Tickets will be on sale Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3 to 6 p.m. in the high school auditorium lobby, 1200 Broad Ave. Ticket sales will begin at 6 p.m. the day of the show.
The festival provides an opportunity for area show choirs to showcase their talents in a noncompetitive environment. Show choirs from the following high schools are scheduled to perform: The Top 20 from Kenton, Soundsation from Riverdale, Out of the Blue from Ottawa-Glandorf, Varsity Singers from Ada, Royale Blues from Allen East, and the host show choir, Findlay First Edition.
Now in its 35th season, Findlay First Edition has claimed 97 Grand Championships and 60 national awards, including two Showstoppers Grand Championships, a FAME Show Choir Cup, and a 2016 FAME Chicago Grand Championship. This year, FFE will travel to Ada Music Feast, the Marion Harding Singsational, Medina Midwest Showcase, Olentangy Keynote Classic, Solon Invitational, and Show Choir Nationals in Nashville, Tennessee.
Accompanying the group is the instrumental ensemble known as the Boingers. The Boingers supply an energizing background to the 52-member show choir, and they have won over 70 caption awards for Best Instrumental Combo. Also accompanying the group is an eight-member crew.
FFE is under the direction of Kevin Manley and assistant director Alycia Althaus. Choreographer is Andy Haines.
Riverdale’s Soundsation is a competitive show choir consisting of 24 singer/dancers, six combo members called the Time Keepers, and six crew members. Soundsation has put together a show that will transport the audience into a dream state of mesmerizing vocals and energetic dances.
Soundsation is dedicating this show to Soundsation member Ash Lang, who died in July before the season began. They have decided to leave all of his spots open for each song in memory of his hard work and love for the group.
Sophia Fleshman directs Soundsation while Zack Triscari choreographs.
The Ottawa-Glandorf show choir, Out of the Blue, is a noncompetitive performance ensemble under the direction of Ted Ellerbrock. They enjoy providing entertainment for various community functions throughout the Putnam County area, as well as performing three choral concerts and a spring dinner theater. Their choreographer is Brenda Hoyt-Brackman.
The Ada Varsity Singers are a select group of 28 singer/dancers. They worked at a weeklong summer camp to learn a portion of their competition show called “Lil’ Red.” Backed by a 13-member all-student band and a five-student crew, the show follows Lil’ Red as she wanders through the woods trying to avoid a ravenous wolf.
The Varsity Singers are under the direction of Scott Henning and Jonathan Lischak.
The Kenton Top 20 is entering its 51st year as a show choir, and it’s under the direction of Todd Daquino and Jordan Gibson, with choreography by Zack Triscari and Tara Tober. This year, the Top 20 will be performing in several competitions, including Ada; Buckeye Valley; Alliance; Garrett, Indiana; Grove City; Sheridan; and Wapakoneta.
Allen East’s Royale Blues is an advanced ensemble comprising 19 performers. This select ensemble is in its fourth year of competition. This year’s competition show, “On Our Way,” expresses themes of departure, journeying, overcoming obstacles, growth, finding success and arrival.
They are under the direction of Zack Triscari, Carol Webster and Rebecca Titus, with choreography by Brian Rodabaugh, Keith Spencer and Jacob Jay Jones.
For more information, contact the Findlay High School choir office at 419-425-8282.