Pisgah Country show returns this weekend

By Jessi Stone Guide editor | Mar 30, 2014
Photo by: Jessi Stone

Pisgah High School's choral department will present "Days Like These," its annual country music show this weekend in the high school's auditorium.

The show consists of all students participating in chorus this semester and offers the largest variety of country music ever seen in the country show.

Kendra Medford, Pisgah chorus director, said that the students who auditioned for solos selected the songs they wanted to sing themselves and this year saw the largest resurgence of "the old stuff" in several years.

Students selected artists like Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, Johnny Cash, Tennessee Ernie Ford, Kenny Rogers, Patsy Cline and the popular "I am a Man of Constant Sorrow" by the Soggy Bottom Boys," which was featured on the movie "Brother, Where Art Thou?"

But the group also chose a few more current country songs like "Red High Heels" by Kellie Pickler, "Chattahoochee"by Alan Jackson and "Sold" by John Michael Montgomery.

The "Sold" number is impressive because the students learned a few swing dancing moves to incorporate into the song and Sophomore Jonathan Delozier is even dressing up in a dress and wig during the song.

"It was just a joke at first but then we made it happen while doing the choreography," he said. "I love to sing and dance and I thought the country show would be fun."

Soloists will be accompanied by the band consisting of Ryan Ammons, Stephen Nanney, Shannon Clark, Brian Keith and Cody Clark.

"These guys spend several hours each year rehearsing with the soloists to give them the best possible experience of having live music on stage," Medford said. "The band is so supportive of the students and make them feel very confident. They are a great group of musicians and add so much to our show."

Junior Callie Kuykendall said she will be performing "Coat of Many Colors" by Dolly Parton for her solo.

"I wanted to sing an older song," she said. "This is my third year doing the country show and it's so much fun to get out there and dance."

Many of the students said "Chattahoochee" was their favorite number because it is upbeat and they liked the choreography they came up with for the song.

"It's more of a playful song and it just fits with Haywood County," said senior Ferrin McCarter.

As usual, seniors in chorus get extra attention with a slide show at the end of each night's performance depicting how they have grown and changed during their lives. Saturday night, each senior will be recognized at the end of the evening.

The chorus will also hold a barbecue dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 5 to raise money. David Franklin will be cooking and plates of barbecue, baked beans, coleslaw, cornbread or rolls. apple crisp dessert and a drink will cost $7.50 for adults and $5 for children 10 and younger. Take out is available.

The country show performances will be held at 7 p.m. April 3, 4 and 5 in the auditorium. Tickets are available from current chorus students and at the Pisgah front office. For more information, call 64603440.