Hello. My name is Shelley. My daughter is a real life GLEEK.
By this I mean she is in Show Choir. I should say EXTREME SHOW CHOIR.
I had the pleasure of chaperoning her choir at a recent competition. Let me tell you, honestly I was not looking forward to it. I mean, we are talking teenagers. Lots of them. Don't get me wrong, teens are awesome. It's just that there would be so many of them...and I would have to make certain they stayed out of trouble until competition time.
Oh, and I had to ride on the bumpy, old yellow school bus with them. Did I mention it was bumpy?
My worries were totally misplaced. These kids were great. They knew just where they were supposed to be and just what to do. In addition, they all really cared about doing well in the competition. A passionate bunch they were.
And regardless of how much they wanted to win, they were SO supportive of the other teams. All of the teams were hooting and hollering for each other when something cool happened on the stage. I was so impressed by them.
But what impressed me the most were the performances. Folks, you have no idea what really happens on the stage of a show choir competition. (I know this because I sure didn't). I thought it would be kind of like GLEE. But GLEE totally underplays it! I mean, the competition I went to had lasers! And smoke! And Star Wars! And Harry Potter! And levitating people! And star-crossed lovers! And 5 second costume changes! and brilliant, brilliant singing.
Here is a little PSA about the importance of show choir which was filmed at one of the comps.