Pisgah presents country concert
The annual Pisgah High School Country Show will be held at 7 p.m. March 21-23 in the high school auditorium.
Choral Director Kendra Medford said she has more than 100 choral students who have been practicing for weeks to prepare the choreographed country hits.
"This show is a huge endeavor because of all the extra rehearsals with the live band and moving 100 students on and off the stage in an organized manner," she said.
Medford has directed the country show for 22 years now and said it has become quite the tradition in the community. Last year's Saturday night performance reached the 500 auditorium capacity.
Junior Amber Cochran is looking forward to participating in her first country show.
"It will be a new experience for me and it is a tradition in my family," she said. "My sisters were both in the country show. All my friends are in here and it is a fun environment."
Medford said her students really enjoyed the country show because they get to pick many of the songs themselves and are responsible for the choreography.
"I've found when they get to choose songs and do the choreography it gives them more ownership of the show," she said.
Students will be performing songs like "Boot Scootin' Boogie,"I Walk the Line," "Better Dig Two" by The Band Perry and "Cruise" by Florida Georgia Line.
Senior Ben Lawrence, junior Blake Henson and junior Jessica Allen are a few of the students who will perform solos during the concert.
Medford said she allows the students to choose their own solo within reason but they must audition to receive a chance at a solo.
"It's a lot of fun to sing when you have a bunch of people listening to you sing a solo — cheering you on or watching you perform with your class," Lawrence said. "This is my fourth year in the country show and every year it gets better."
The live band consists of a group musicians who have played for years for the country show and are well-known throughout western North Carolina. They are Shannon Clark on electric guitar, Cody Clark on rhythm guitar, Ryan Ammons on percussion, Stephen Nanney on bass and Brian Keith on keyboard.
The Saturday show will include a barbecue dinner cooked by a student;s father and grandfather David and Michael Franklin. the dinner will include baked beans, coleslaw, corn on the cob, apple crisp dessert and a drink for $8. Children under 10 can eat for $5.
The show is a fundraiser to help the chorus students who are traveling to Disney World in April offset some of the trip expenses. Students will be serving dinner 5:45 p.m. before the show. There will be concessions each night.
Admission is $6 for adults and students. Children under 5 are free. Tickets can be purchased at the door.