My friend, Lisa, and I went to Orlando today to see my cousin, Alyssa, perform in a high school show choir competition at the Hard Rock Live. I mostly went for the chance to see Alyssa – she lives in Massachusetts so I only see her when I make the trek up to Boston. But I got so much more.
Show choirs are kind of the best thing ever. I wish they had entered my life earlier. My high school didn't have one. It's singing, dancing, big hair, sparkly costumes, and over-enthusiastic teenagers. I can't really think of a better combination. We went thinking we'd see Alyssa's group and then leave and do something else in the area. But we got sucked in and watched 6 groups performed and stayed for the finalist announcements.
Alyssa was amazing. She has a fantastic voice. And I've been lucky enough to see her twice in the last year (I saw her in 42nd Street in November on my road trip). Her school was really good. When they did the announcement for the finalists (6 of the 9 groups that performed), Lisa and I held our breath. They announced the first 5 groups, and then, with all the drama and hesitation you would find in a movie where the main character is picked last, they announced her school! They perform tonight at 9:30. We couldn't stay that late, but I'm so glad I went and saw what I did. If you ever have the chance, go see a high school show choir competition. I promise you will be entertained.