One of the last rights of passage of the school year will take center stage Thursday, May 14. The annual Marshall High School Pop Assembly will offer its public performance at 7 p.m. in the high school gymnasium.
This yearly event, now in its 18th incarnation, is a fundraiser for the high school vocal music program. Proceeds are used to help underwrite the various costs incurred by the vocal music students throughout the year.
For those unfamiliar with this yearly event, the concert provides students an opportunity to display their many talents using popular music that would be familiar to a wide range of listeners.
According to Marshall High School choral director Ron Sayer, the event is more than a fund raiser or just another concert.
"The Pop Assembly is the final for students in Choraliers and MHS Singers. All year we talk about what makes a performance good, what fundamental techniques and skills are needed to create a successful performance.
"We practice those things throughout the year using literature that I have chosen for performance. This time the students make the decisions about what they are going to sing and how they are going to present it."
Students choose the selections, learn the music, provide the instrumental accompaniment and even create choreography to compliment the selections.
"Its really kind of amazing to see the process unfold. We start with student suggestions for music. At one point we must have had over 150 songs on the list. Then through a process of voting we manage to narrow it down to about ten to twelve songs that we perform," said Sayer.
This year's concert will include songs of various styles and by various artists. Among the selections to be performed are Jessies Girl by Rick Springfield, Love Story by Taylor Swift and the Marvin Gaye remake of Ain't No Mountain High Enough.
Sayer also mentioned that "the kids will also be doing an entertaining version of I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow by the Soggy Bottom Boys as performed in the movie Oh Brother Where Art Thou."
Admission for the concert is $5 for adults and $3 for children.
For additional information contact Ron Sayer at Marshall High School, 660-886-2244.