Christmas Show in November


Mr. Ray Windham

Circle up!

The Sweethearts’ Christmas Show is coming soon, and the girls are thrilled.

“I’m very excited [for the show.] I think it’s a great start to the holiday season,” Senior Captain Zoey Frisby said. 

With last year being a Covid year, many things were different, including the location of the show. 

“I’m very happy that it [the show] is back in the auditorium. Not only was [the football field] cold, but this is how we’ve always had the show so it feels more like a normal year since we’re back in our home,” Senior Captain Macie Windham said. 

For some of the girls, this is their first show, and sophomore Jasmine Panbamrung is delighted.   

“I’m really excited, I can’t wait to do our dances. It was a lot easier to learn the dances than I thought it would be. I’m really excited because I’ve learned that I can do a lot more technical elements than I thought I could. And I’m just overall really excited for my friends and family to watch the show.”

It’s the seniors’ last Christmas Show, and although they’re sad, they think it’s going to be a great experience.

“It’s really sad that it’s our [the seniors] last year, but I think taking it all in is going to be the best experience. We can go out with a bang,” Frisby said. 

The upcoming show has a few of the seniors reminiscing and talking about their favorite part of past shows. 

“My favorite part was getting ready for them, it’s just so exciting,” Windham said. “We get to eat before the show, and we circle up, and we get all pumped up, and then right before the curtains open, that’s the most exciting part of it all.”  

But, as everyone knows, dancing isn’t the only part of the show, there’s a lot of prep work that goes into getting everyone prepared. 

“I go home and I clear my room and I run it [the dances] a couple of times to practice. I have to practice a bit more on the floor, like rolling around and stuff,” sophomore Reagan Jahnke said. 

The girls also have to prep their physical appearance, in addition to learning the actual dance steps. Sweethearts wear a variety of costumes and glittery flowers in their hair during the Christmas show.

“We wear them [the flowers] as a headpiece because they are pretty, they photograph well, they look nice, sharp, and clean on the stage, and add a little bit of pop with the Christmas spirit,” Director Tara Barnett explained. 

Many people wonder why the show is in November and not December.

“The first reason is facilities: it’s easier to get a facility in November, to where we have uninterrupted time in the auditorium, as far as lighting, sound, staging, polishing choreography, and just overall aspects of the show,” Barnett said.  “Also, December is a very busy month as we are transitioning out of football season, which is ten weeks of the school year, Christmas Show is about four weeks of the school year, and we are immediately pushing into competition season because we compete in early January and then we’re done mid-February to move into Spring Show.”

No matter the show’s month, the Sweethearts are pumped and ready to go into the holiday season with festive spirit. The show starts at 6:30 p.m. on November 18-19 in the Acker Auditorium. Tickets are $5 general admission and $10 reserved. The Sweethearts can’t wait to see everyone there!