High school show choir shines in patriotic showcase

The Touch of Class show choir at Jennings County High School hosted its annual showcase for the community Nov. 11 and 12 in the auditorium. Titled “Let Freedom Sing,” the timing seemed perfect given that the showcase was just days after the presidential election and opening night was on Veterans Day.

The show’s theme seemed to remind the community how great America truly is.

A diversity of songs was featured, ranging in genre from “Yankee Doodle” to “R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A.” to “God Bless the U.S.A.” In addition, each senior in Touch of Class was given an opportunity to choose a senior solo to perform by themselves, as long as the song suited the theme of the show. Included in these selections were “Santa Fe” from the Disney musical “Newsies,” chosen by Kaleb Downs; “Midnight Train to Georgia,” chosen by Mackenzie Vannoy; and “New York, New York,” chosen by Luis Sanchez.

Downs said the show choir put hundreds of hours into preparing for the showcase since late July.

A member of Touch of Class for the past three years, Downs said he believes this year’s group was his favorite, because they work well as a team and always prioritize each other and the show before anything else.

“From my experience over the last three years, I believe this was one of the best TOC performances and the audience more than agreed. We had standing ovations both nights,” Downs said.

Director Sandy Wildey, assistant Annette Sims and light/sound technician Chris Billings contributed to the success of the “Let Freedom Sing!” showcase.