Attention music and dancing fans − a show filled with song and dance is headed to Tomah.
The Wisconsin Singers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison are coming to Tomah High School Friday, March 16 at 7 p.m. as a stop on their 50th anniversary season show Can’t Stop Dancin’!
The 90-minute performance is comprised of more than 40 songs from the past five decades including highlights from Pentatonix, Taylor Swift, Elton John, The Beatles, Rent, Hairspray and Dear Evan Hansen.
Kate Buehner, co-director and piano player for the Tomah High School Limited Edition Show Choir, is excited for the Wisconsin Singer to come to Tomah not only for the show but because the group is holding a clinic for the THS show choir.
“It’s a great chance for our students to work with college age students and a different style of singing and dancing than we do ... it’s a good opportunity for them,” she said.
Buehner is also excited to see the show choir, and THS alumni Emily Quartemont returns to the stage in Tomah as a member of the Wisconsin Singers.
“It’s fantastic,” she said. “Emily’s always been a super role model for our kids, so I’m excited that she gets to be here and we can (host) the show at home for her.”
Gaye Peterson, who’s helped organize the Tomah appearance, is excited to showcase a Tomah native as well as a quality show.
“It’s a really incredible opportunity for the community to be able to see a fantastic group perform but also to have one of our own Tomah hometown people in the group,” she said. “This is another opportunity for our high school kids ... to see what you can do with your love of music after high school − that you don’t have to stop there.”
Emily Quartemont looks forward to performing at home and working with her former high school choir.
“The clinics are kind of a cool opportunity for them to work with us,” she said. “I’m kind of hoping that it inspires the kids that are left at the high school to continue to do what they love in college even if it’s not what they want to do ... academically.”
Ilene Quartemont, Emily Quartemont’s mother, said all of the students in the Wisconsin Singers are non-music majors.
“This is just for them ... to share their love of music,” she said. “They are such talented college students, and it’s a very entertaining show great for all ages.”
Emily Quartemont joined the Wisconsin Singers because she loved show choir but music is not what she plans to do with her life.
“I decided to join to keep show choir with me in college since I wanted to go into science,” she said. “I wanted to keep performing, and this was a great way to do that.”
While the performances are rewarding, Quartemont said bonding with the other members is the best part of being a member of the Wisconsin Singers, which is comprised of 16 singer-dancers and eight band members.
“I actually just really love being a part of the group with the people that are there,” she said. “It’s a group of really wonderful people, and I’ve made some really great friendships. Getting to spend practically all my time with them is just as much fun as performing with all of them.”
The show is also a fundraiser for Limited Edition, Peterson said. All proceeds will go toward funding the show choir.
“Tomah high school is one of very few schools left that does not charge a substantial fee for the kids to be part of the show choir, and this is why we fund raise,” she said. “We want to be able to allow anyone the opportunity to be part of it if they make it through the audition ... we don’t want anyone to be excluded because of the cost of it.”
Tickets for the show are $10 each and can be bought from any show choir member or at The Station.