THE RIVAR’S TEAM: Our Favorite Show Choir Memories
Have you ever wondered how a group of working adults could be so invested in a show choir apparel company? Why do these adults love show choir costumes so much? We do support music education and believe in the importance of the arts, but more than that, we have been there. Several Rivar’s employees have a show choir background and have a beautiful collection of memories from their time in show choir. This week, we’re going to look at some of the employees and their favorite show choir moments.
Tara Holcomb, Sales Director
Franklin Central High School, FC Singers
- Getting to wear my first Rivar’s dress – I always loved seeing which color and style the FC Singers dresses were each year. When I finally got to wear my own, I was thrilled! I ran home and said, “Mom, my dress is going to be RED!” (my favorite color). I loved how the skirt was so full, and what they looked like when we moved. It was a huge achievement to be chosen to be in our show choir, and the day I got my dress was when I finally felt like a true FC Singer.
- Out of state trips to national competitions – we competed at both Showstoppers and Fame my senior year of high school, and the trips out there were so fun. We slept overnight on charter buses. We got to run around Disney World for days. We saw show choirs from the other side of the country that gave us deeper appreciation for how the arts can differ. We had so much fun getting away and doing what we do best – perform!
- Our last competition of the year was in Branson, MO for Fame. I remember the curtain being closed and we were getting set up for our opener. All of us had tears in our eyes and gave each other huge hugs as we prepared for our final show together as a team. We were so cohesive, and proud of how far we had come. During that performance, my cheeks literally hurt from smiling so much. I wanted to leave every last piece of myself I could on that stage, because I knew it would be my last time performing that set. It was sad, happy and moving all at once!
EVAN CAIN, Account Manager
Carmel High School, Ambassadors
I think my favorite memory from show choir was the last time our group sang together my junior year of high school. The Ambassadors really connected with and grew attached to a song called “I Am Not Yours”. On the last day of school all of us gathered on stage and held hands in a circle. It was our first time singing this acapella song without a directer, we had never sounded better. I felt so connected to the group in that moment. I have a video from that day that I reflect on a lot. It was such an amazing moment and I am so glad I got to experience it with my friends.
MEGAN DUNN, Customer Service
Brown County High School, Elegance and Mystique
I’ve been thinking and no specific memory stands out for me. Basically I remember loving the community created by being in choir, the trips we took as a group (we went to Chicago and Six Flags Great America one year and it was a blast, even though one of our two charter buses broke down on the way back and we finished the ride home in just the one remaining bus), and spending all day at Edgewood Contest of Champions (the only competition we went to) performing, watching other groups, and just hanging out all day.
JESSAMYN ANDERSON, Customer Service
Carmel High School, Ambassadors and Accents
- I so clearly remember waking up for my first competition when I was a sophomore. Because I was in the women’s group, we had to be at the school at 4:30am to catch our bus to the competition. My alarm was set for 3:30 (which is usually an ungodly hour), but I was so excited that I popped out of bed at 3:00am and couldn’t fall back asleep. I had been watching my older sister compete for a few years, and it was finally my turn. I couldn’t wait.
- Senior year was my favorite year in show choir, and it was because of the people. We really became a family, and we worked extremely hard together. Even though we were successful throughout the season in terms of awards, we had a tough season because of other things: our white dresses and white suits got mud all over them on the bus ride to our first competition; there was a lot of illness in the group (as in, we had trash bags tied to costume racks backstage so people wouldn’t throw up on costumes); and we ended up completely cutting our original competition closer after the first competition and re-worked the end of our set in one week. But because of all these challenges, we were that much more driven to win, and I will never forget winning our final competition of the season because it meant we had an undefeated season. I have never been more proud to be a part of a group than I was at that moment of victory.
As a team, we frequently reminisce about our days in show choir. Those years are filled with memories that will last a lifetime, and we are grateful for the opportunity to play a small role in creating show choir memories for others. We wish you the best of luck this competition season–always keep a song in your heart and some extra sparkle in your smile!