Choral program  extraordinaire


When the public attends one of the big choral shows done by the Appling County High School show choir (Appling Applause) and the chorus, most people don’t realize how much work goes on behind the scenes. The performance will showcase songs from Country, Bluegrass, and Gospel music. Karen Davis, choral director, makes it all look easy, but of course it isn’t. She’s been doing it for twenty-three years and has much practice under her belt. The program is comprised of about ninety students.

When school starts, Davis starts thinking about the first show and what they need to do to get ready for it. Actually, she thought about it all summer. It’s always in her head. She has to write the script, get the right songs, and watch a lot of Hee Haw videos to find funny jokes. Then she also must find the group numbers. Some of the kids wanted to play this year, so she had to work with them; some of them were brand new to playing. Sets had to be built. When it comes right down to it, she does a little bit of everything. Sometimes the students will ask if they can change something, but she always says no because it will change the whole show. They don’t realize that. Tryouts for the songs were around the first of October, and they started working on them immediately.