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‘Showstoppers’ brings a bright spot to winter

Humboldt Community Chorus will perform medley of hits from popular musicals

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Humboldt Community Chorus will perform “Showstoppers” Friday, Saturday and Feb. 9.

HUMBOLDT — Over 50 years since the Showstoppers started and many decades since it was transformed into a variety show, Showstoppers is adding adding another twist to its annual winter lineup.

“The title of the show is ‘Showstoppers,’ so we’re trying to live up to that name,” said Barb Nelson, singer and wife of director Terry Nelson.

While the show usually doesn’t have a theme, this year’s show ended up having one. As coordinators noticed a trend with milestone anniversaries coinciding for Broadway musicals like ”Oklahoma” and ”The Wizard of Oz,” the Humboldt Community Chorus’ scheduled performance this year became a medley of everyone’s musical favorites.

Audiences this year can look forward to titles like ”Climb Every Mountain” from ”The Sound of Music,” ”You Can’t Stop the Beat” from ”Hairspray,” and ”Oklahoma” from its namesake production. Nelson said that the widely-recognized songs will bring pleasant memories from classics spanning nearly a century.

“We just try to have a big selection of music,” said Nelson. “We try to have a little bit of something that appeals to every age group.”

But that’s not all. This year, audiences can enjoy small group breakouts, like “AARP,” a parody of “YMCA” by The Village People.

That’s all in addition to the usual music genres in the show: pop, gospel, patriotic, comedy and other sketches.

“The audience loves comedy,” Nelson said, “which we try to throw in with the small groups.”

Those small groups know what they’re getting themselves into, as the chorus doesn’t have any trouble recruiting them to participate each year.

That heritage, with decades running, is something that runs in families. Accomplished band directors and children alike keep the tradition something that never fails to break a leg.

“We have lots of family connections in chorus, and that’s nice,” Nelson said. “Young people want to be part of something their parents did, which is refreshing.”

“It’s kind of addictive,” Nelson added of the running show. “Everyone takes pride in it. They’re proud to be associated with something that makes people happy.”

For the Nelsons, the tradition is a nice way to make the winter pass in a way that makes spirits bright even after the holidays have faded.

“People in the audience tell us this is the bright spot of their winter after Christmas,” Barb Nelson said.

Those wanting to enjoy the two-hour, 16-song extravaganza can see “Showstoppers” on the following dates at Humboldt High School’s A. Wesley Carlson Auditorium:

• Feb. 7 at 7 p.m.

• Feb. 8 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.

• Feb. 9 at 2 p.m.

The chorus’ Big Band will be playing 30 minutes before the show, a part Nelson said attendees should be sure not to miss.

Adult tickets are available for $10; $5 for children under 18. Tickets can be purchased at Humboldt Hy-Vee, V&S in downtown Humboldt, from chorus members, online at humboldtchorus.com or by calling 515-379-1072.

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