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FDC ramps up for new year

Members of Mitchell High School's Friend de Coup show choir are shown performing their community show during the 2017-18 season at the MHS Performing Arts Center. (Matt Gade / Republic)

Mitchell High School show choir, Friend de Coup, kicks off its first show of the 2018-19 year with the annual Up With Show performance, starting today and running through Saturday.

In all, 70 students are involved from the singers and dancers to the pit band and the technicians for the group that has won the last three state show choir championships.

The show choir group has been practicing since early October. This week's performance gives students a chance to be on stage in front of an audience before the start of the competition season.

"We have started very strong in rehearsals and are so excited to see where all of our hard work this season will take us," said Director Jen Randall.

The performance draws some inspiration from the movie "The Greatest Showman," which is a 2017 musical about show business and a visionary rising from nothing, the film has gained popularity in the last year, featuring songs that have been a hit in the show choir community. FDC's performance is fittingly titled "The Greatest Show."

"What better title for a performance than 'The Greatest Show?'" said Randall.

Friend de Coup will host a community show on Jan. 17, in the performing arts center at 7 p.m. at the start of the season. That show is typically when the show choir debuts its complete competition, set and the season begins Jan. 19 at Millard West High School in Omaha, Nebraska.

Once the competition season starts, Mitchell will perform twice in Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois and Missouri before from January to March, completing their season in Mitchell for the annual Show Choir Classic on March 16.

Performances are at 7 p.m. each night in the MHS Performing Arts Center. Tickets can be purchased for $10 at the PAC box office from 3 to 7 p.m. each night. Tickets can also be reserved by calling 605-995-3039.