Before taking its show on the road, Baraboo’s Harmonix show choir will perform for the home crowd this weekend.
The 22-member troupe, sponsored by the Boys & Girls Club and comprised of high school students, will present its annual Showcase performance Friday through Sunday. The Showcase gives Harmonix a chance to tune up its 20-minute performance set and gives local fans a chance to see it before the show choir begins its performance season.
“This year’s show, titled ‘Legacy,’ is a call to action,” director Drake Lewerenz said, “a celebration of the artists and leaders of tomorrow and the power they have to make the world a better place.”
In addition to “Legacy,” the Showcase will feature solos and small-ensemble performances. It will be staged at the University of Wisconsin-Platteville Baraboo Sauk County campus theater.
Karen DeSanto, executive director of the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Wisconsin, said Harmonix plays a key role in the Baraboo club’s program.
“Participating in the arts is a large part of our club’s STEAM — Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math — programming,” she said. “We understand that our kids need a well-rounded education in all aspects of learning, and the Harmonix show choir gives our members the opportunity to experience being immersed in the fine art of performance.”
Harmonix also is a feather in the club’s cap, as it’s believed to be the first U.S. show choir sponsored not by its high school, but by a Boys & Girls Club. Harmonix is supported in part by a grant from the Wisconsin Arts Board, with funds from the state and the National Endowment for the Arts.
Now in its fourth year, Harmonix will compete at Rock the Rock in Milton (Jan. 19), the Sauk Prairie Invitational (Jan. 26), the Fort Atkinson Invitational (Feb. 9) and Monona Grove Silver Stage (Feb. 16). The troupe also will perform for the Boys & Girls Club’s annual fundraising gala Feb. 8 at Baraboo Arts Banquet Hall.
Lewerenz said this year’s show is dedicated to performers with a social conscience. “For every kid who ever wanted to create change, fight the good fight, or just rock out loud, this one is for you,” he said.