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‘Believe’ it: MHS show choir is back

The Mitchell High School Show Choir, Friend de Coup, opens its season Thursday, Friday and Saturday with a show themed, "Believe."

Chris Miller has gotten interesting feedback on this year’s Up With Show theme, “Believe.”

Some people think it refers to Justin Bieber, who released an album in 2012 and a movie in 2013 with the same title. One person suggested the show might harken back to Cher’s 1998 hit, also of the same name.

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“That’s funny, but no,” Miller said, with a laugh.

In fact, the MHS vocal director said this year’s show is named for its performance of “Believe” from “Polar Express,” a 2004 animated Christmas film. The show will be at 7 p.m. today, Friday and Saturday at the Mitchell High School auditorium. Tickets are $10 each and are reserved; they can be purchased at the MHS south ticket office from 3 to 7 p.m. this week, at 995-3045 or at the door.

That’s if the weather holds. If school is canceled again Thursday, as it was in Mitchell on Wednesday, Miller said there will be no performance. Should that happen, Miller said the school will work to exchange people’s tickets for a different night.

“I hope we don’t have to do that,” he said.

It’s the second year Friend de Coup has done a Christmas show at its annual season opening performance, which Miller said also serves as the group’s major fundraiser for the year.

“It sure beats having the kids run around selling things door to door, when they can actually ‘sing for their supper’ instead,” Miller said. “All the money goes to the show choir and its operating expenses, mainly for traveling to competitions.”

He said it seemed like a natural fit for the group to perform holiday music, since the show is usually in December.

“Last year I kind of started doing Christmas, and I may just continue doing it that way,” he said. “It doesn’t seem like people get sick of that music.”

Miller said the group is still in the final stages of preparing its competition set, but Up With Show gives students a pre-competition season chance to get on stage and perform in front of an audience. Up With Show is the first public performance for the group this season, which has its first competition on Feb. 1 in Omaha, Neb., at the Competition of Excellence.

“We’re really, really excited. I’m excited for everything every year,” Miller said. “There’s a lot of really cool stuff that’s in this year’s show.”