HURON — The We Found Sound Show Choir will present its 17th and final spring show, “Good Times,” on April 9-11 at the Huron Fine Arts Center.
The show will feature the We Found Sound Minors (grades 3-7) and Majors (grades 8-12) as well as a senior ensemble and several senior solos in each performance.
Showtimes are 7 p.m. on Friday, April 9; and 2 and 5 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday (April 10-11). Advance tickets are available for $8 at American Bank and Trust as well as Farmers and Merchants Bank until April 9. Tickets will also be available at the door prior to each performance for $10.
The We Found Sound Show Choir Company got its start in the summer of 2004, when two friends decided to start a show choir.
“We wanted to give kids an opportunity to dance, sing and shine,” said Katie Scheibe, who, with friend Kristi Kattner, co-founded the group, “all while helping them build their self-confidence on the stage.”
We Found Sound, an idea that became a reality, will present it final slate of shows next weekend.
“Seventeen years — that amazes me,” said Scheibe. We we started WFS, my daughter was 11 years olds and how she is 28! WFS has celebrated so many great times and has formed so many great friendships.”
“WFS was built from the ground up. We spent a lot of time and energy forming WFS into what it is today,” said Kattner.
The group’s annual Christmas productions feature a strong Christian message about the true meaning of Christmas.
“We have always enjoyed featuring Christian music at our shows. It is awesome to watch our kids praise and worship on stage,” Kattner added. “And our Spring productions are always a fun, upbeat, toe tapping good time.”
We Found Sound will graduate seven seniors this year — Audrey Rubish, Cassie Valer, Emma Friesen, Hailey Peterson, James Kattner, Malachi Mann and Regan Hamilton.
However, as the saying goes …. all good things must come to an end. The Sunday, April 11, 5 p.m. performance will be We Found Sound’s final finale.
“In my opinion,” said Kattner, “it was one heck of a ride that is going to end with a ‘Good Time!’”
Since forming 17 years ago, they have had more than 300 kids in the choir, presented 128 performances, and involved 680 Sunday rehearsals.
“This decision has not been an easy one for us to make,” said both Scheibe and Kattner. “We have prayed and talked about this a lot together.
“This was not a quick decision; no time is the right time, but we feel this is the right time for us,” Scheibe said. “We will miss so many things about WFS, but we are also ready to start enjoying more free time. We cannot even put into words what WFS has given both of us, so much love, so many friendships, and lasting memories. We are so proud and thankful for all the amazing kids that have been a part of our WFS family. And we cannot say thank you enough to all our family and friends that have helped WFS in so many ways. It’s impossible to list all of you.
“We thank you all!”
From the seniors:
• “What I will miss the most is the friendships that we’ve made while doing something we all love; it is really a special bond.” — Jamee Kattner (daughter of Linc and Kristi Kattner)
• “I will miss making music and countless memories with all of the friends I have made throughout my WFS journey. The love for music and those around you that We Found Sound instilled in me is unforgettable and inspiring and I will miss that so much.” — Cassie Valer (daughter of Megan and David Hine and Dana Valer and Lisa Quiram)
• “I will miss the performance days where we all got to spend time together and bond as a group. The warm-ups we do before heading on the stage. I’m so glad that I’ve been a part of WFS because it’s helped me express my love of music and bond with my friends who share that same passion.” — Haylee Peterson (daughter of Melissa and Joe Peterson)
• “I will miss We Found Sound because it has helped me feel more comfortable singing and talking in front of others. And it has allowed me to come together with some really great people to create beautiful music.” — Audrey Rubish (daughter of Jason and Sarah Rubish)
• “We Found Sound has been a wonderful outlet for me to let loose, have fun and be goofy! I will miss all the fun it has brought me for the years I have been apart of this group.” — Malachi Mann (son of Jeff and Autumn Mann)
• “I will miss having the opportunity to get together with my friends and sing and just have fun. We Found Sound has been a really fun experience for me and I’m very grateful to have been in it with some amazing people and directors!” — Regan Hamilton (daughter of Jenn and Dan Maznio and Todd Hamilton)
• “I will miss WFS because of all the new people you get to meet. Also, how we all get to share something we love.” — Emma Friesen (daughter of Jonathan and Francie Friesen)