The Tomah High School Limited Edition Show Choir is all about the journey for the 2018 competition season.
Kate Buehner, co-director and piano player for the choir, said the theme is, "life is a journey, not a destination."
The choir will perform in five competitions, with the first on Saturday Jan. 6. Buehner is optimistic about what the show choir can accomplish in 2018.
"We only expect to do our absolute best," she said. "We have five competitions this year and have potential to do well at all of them ... this is going to be a really fun year."
Senior Caleb Jensen also sees the potential. He said it's what thrills him about the upcoming season.
"It makes me excited to see where we can go," Jensen said.
As with most seasons, there are new costumes, choreography and songs, Buehner said.
Songs the group will perform include Brand New, I Really Want It, Fly Away Home, Shooting Star Medley and Basement Underground.
Jensen's favorite song is Basement Underground, the finale of the choir's set.
"(I like it) just because I love the dance moves, and I love the energy and intensity that we sing at and just how it feels," he said.
About 58 singers and dancers are involved, and Buehner said all of them bring something special to the ensemble.
"They are all really busy with school, sports and other clubs, so the time they put into show choir means a lot," she said. "We love the dedication."
The seniors have been wonderful this season, Buehner said. She described them as outstanding leaders.
"They have done a lot to help the morale of the group," she said. "They have taken time to bond with all the students, and not just their specific class. It shows leadership and a selfless attitude."
Preparation has been hard, Buehner said. Time flies, she said, but the group has responded well.
"We changed a dance break last week, but the students did so well at figuring it out," she said. "I'm looking forward to the next couple of weeks to finalize the show and adding the live band — one of our favorite parts."
The show choir is accompanied by the Tomah High School Show Band directed by band instructor Charlie O'Brien.
Jensen said rehearsals are going well, which is a good sign for the season.
"I think it's going very well this year," he said. "We're not perfect yet, but we're very close. There's that spark of excellence that we're getting, and we just have to hone on to that and we can do very well this year."