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Side One performer Derrik Probasco, center, is flanked by, from left, Olivia Comer, Erica Knupp and Maya Gabel and Megan Hunerdosse Wednesday as Indianola's show choirs Side One (varsity) and Flip Side (JV) rehearsed for the 19th annual Cabaret. There will be three shows Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the Blake Fieldhouse.

Indianola High School show choir's Cabaret will feature the same song, dance, energy and personality that it has for 19 years.

But this year's event will feature different food offerings and a chance to expand the audience at a new location.

Instead of the traditional dinner and a show, those in table seating, which is sold out, will receive a dessert and beverage, with tickets $20 each. There will be social distancing between tables.

Everyone else can enjoy open seating in the bleachers for $10 a ticket, said coordinator Anika Jackson, who has been a show choir mom for eight years.

“I have a senior and a freshman in show choir,” Jackson said. “Myself and Gina Piper have helped for several years organizing food and beverage, ticket sales and marketing.”

Jackson noted that in years past, the event was held at the St. Thomas Aquinas Pastoral Center. The 2020 “Cabaret” show was not impacted by the pandemic. In 2021, it was held in the Indianola High School gym with limited seating and masks.

“But with COVID, we needed more space, so we changed it to the Blake Field House,” she said.

About 145 students in grades 9-12 will participate. There will be duet, trio and group songs.

Jackson said the show’s content varies each year. Students begin practicing their routines at a summer camp in July. Then the show choir competition season starts the second weekend in January and runs through the first weekend in March.

“It’s just a fun, upbeat show with lively entertainment,” Jackson said. “It’s lots of variety.”

Show choir is divided into Side One (varsity), directed by Valorie Hagener, assisted by Myles Finn, and the JV group called Flip Side, directed by Finn and assisted by Grant Becker.

Kevin Chase serves as choreographer. His original song “The Outside Scoop” will be performed.

Each year, the opening number is from the show "Cabaret." The finale song is called "What Would I Do Without My Music?"

“By the time they’re seniors, it’s kind of a sentimental thing when they sing that last song and finish up Cabaret,” Hagener said. “It’s a neat event because the kids aren’t competing — they’re just sharing their music to bring joy to other people.”

"Cabaret" is the show choir's biggest fundraiser of the year. Costs include choreographer fees, arrangement fees, travel expenses, costumes, props and more.

“It was started so it could be an event to be both a fundraiser and something that lets the kids perform for the community,” Hagener said of its initial founding.

 “Cabaret” will be presented Thursday-Saturday, Jan. 27, 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. nightly.  Tickets are available online at: https://www.vancoevents.com/yya and will be sold at the door each night, for $10 cash only. For more information, send an email to: ihscabaret1@gmail.com

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