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Show Choir

Session Date: July 29–August 4, 2018
Grades: 7–12
The schedule for the week is as follows:
  Sunday: 2pm–5pm
  Monday–Friday: 9am–5:00pm
  (Traditionally, Magic Company auditions are held on Tuesday following the Show Choir Workshop.)
  Saturday: 9am–3:30pm; 7:30pm Grand Finale Performance – ticket required
Registration Fee: $250 | Early Bird: $230

Tickets to the Grand Finale Performance may be purchased through the Macomb Center’s Box Office 586.286.2222 or online. The 2018 Show Choir performance will be held offsite due to building renovations. Tickets purchased the night of the performance must be paid with cash. The $4.50 per order will apply.

This outstanding program, allows students to put their singing, dancing and acting skills together in a review of popular musical numbers! In this week-long workshop, students will have the opportunity to learn about vocal technique, song interpretation and dance from top-rated professional choreographers and vocal coaches. Hard work and camaraderie will result in artistic and personal growth. Students will also have an opportunity to audition for solos in the spectacular production performed on Macomb Center’s main stage ! This exceptional program offers exciting learning opportunities, a fun atmosphere where life-long friendships are made and culminates in a Broadway-style performance at the end of the week!

Some choir experience and singing ability helpful. All experience levels are accepted. In most instances, full mobility is required to appear in all choreographed numbers.

Cancellation Policy: Registration remains open until start of workshop, based on availability.Cancellation must be made 3 weeks prior to start of the workshop to receive a refund of $75. If you need assistance with this process, please contact our Education & Enrichment Department at 586.286.2044.

“This theatre and this building is where I first discovered Broadway. From show choir camps, to Garfield Singers, to Magic Company, this place sparked the dream for me! What a gift it is to return to your roots and share this show with friends and family!”

Michal Kolaczkowski, Professional Actor (National Tours — Beauty and the Beast; Dirty Dancing; Chicago the Musical)

Director: Harvey Kahl
Artistic Director & Choreographer: Andy Haines
Choreographer: Annette Laymen
Instructors: Chris Pratt

Harvey Kahl, Jr. joined the staff of Macomb Community College in 1985. He received a BM in Piano Performance from Wayne State University where he also studied voice and organ. Harvey also serves as organist for the First United Methodist Church of Farmington and has been active in church music since 1980.

Mr. Kahl has many professional musical theater credits at Detroit’s Gem Theatre including music direction for Respect – A Musical Journey of Women; I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change; and Plaid Tidings for which he was nominated for a Wilde Award for best music direction. 

Andy Haines  After finishing a BA from Ohio State University, he began a career as a performer and choreographer in musical theater productions as well as choreographing Miss America State Pageants. Andy has been quite active on the show choir circuit for a number of years. Broughton High School "Carolina Spirit," Findlay High School "First Edition," Grosse Pointe South High School "Pointe Singers," and Cedar Rapids Jefferson High School "West Side Delegation" are groups currently performing his choreography. These groups have all been consistent finalists in top competitions around the country, and at one time or another, have been named Grand Champions of Showstoppers National and International Competitions eight times in the past nine years. This is Andy's 22nd year at Macomb's Show Choir Workshop.

From Durham, NC, Annette Layman is a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has completed work in dance education at UNC-Greensboro and Meredith College. In 1989 she was hired to establish and direct the dance program at C.E. Jordan High School in Durham for 9th through 12th grades. After three years in public education, Annette began a freelance career in 1992 and has choreographed and adjudicated for schools and other educational organizations from coast to coast including the Brightleaf Music Workshop in North Carolina, Showchoir Camps of America in Illinois and Ohio, the Southern Utah Performing Arts Festival, FAME Events of Arizona and the Butler Summer Showcase in Kansas.

In addition, she served as staff choreographer for Goingbarefoot Productions as well as adjudicator and clinician for various show choir festivals around the county and choreographer of the Durham Public Schools' auditioned group, "Spotlight." In March 2001 she was privileged to make a presentation on choreography for the middle school/junior high school choir at the American Choral Directors' Association national convention in San Antonio.

Annette's work involves kids from 7 to 70 and has included other projects such as "The Duke Children's Hospital Celebrity Classic" with honorary chairman, Perry Como, and then Jeff Foxworthy, the re-opening celebration of Durham's historic Carolina Theater, directing past years productions of the "Duke Show" and working on other events for the Duke University Medical Center. Currently she is busy working on her new organization, Arts Mission, a non-profit dedicated to enriching lives through the positive impact of the arts. Its two main projects are the summer music workshops "Sing Out" for rising 4th, 5th, and 6th graders, and "Next Stage," for middle through high school aged students, both in Durham.

Christopher Pratt is the Director of Choirs at Grosse Pointe South High School in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan. He obtained a BS in Music Education (2000) from Ball State University and a MS in Educational Leadership (2011) from Indiana University. 

At Grosse Pointe, Mr. Pratt directs four choirs, including the nationally acclaimed Pointe Singers (mixed) and Tower Belles (women); both choirs have received numerous Grand Champion awards since returning to competition in 2013.  They have also earned captions for best vocal sound, choreography, show and costuming.  Additionally, his choirs tour internationally, most recently to Ireland this past February.

For eleven years, Mr. Pratt was the Director of Choirs at Center Grove High School in his hometown of Greenwood, IN.  His award-winning ensembles won top honors at national and regional competitions, including seven consecutive national titles from 2003 – 2009.  Collectively, his choirs have won over 120 Grand Champion awards and numerous specialty awards.

In 2001 Mr. Pratt was a proud recipient of Danville District 118, David L. Fields Outstanding Teacher of the Year.  And in 2011 was featured in Choral Director’s Magazine for his work and success in choral music.

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