by: MacKenzie Van Haaften
With the ever-growing festival, Tulip Time, fast approaching, groups and organizations are starting to prepare for the large event. One of these being AcaPella, the varsity show choir at Pella Community High School.
AcaPella is now performing their show, Never Give Up, at The Tulip Toren on the Saturday of Tulip Time.
“We will be performing on the backside of the Tulip Toren on Saturday morning at 10 AM. We are very excited to be able to share our show about Thomas Edison, ‘Never Give Up’, one more time with the audience,” says director Michelle Chaplin. This will be their final performance of the year. This will also be their final performance with their director, as Mrs. Chaplin is leaving at the end of the school year. It has been a while since the last time they have performed, so practices are needed in preparation for this event.
Senior Brady Van Waardhuizen says, “We will probably just practice a couple times a week when the time gets closer and make sure we have all of our kinks worked out after not performing for so long.” AcaPella and Bravo both have had short seasons due to harsh weather preventing them from performing multiple times. Getting one last show in front of the community is a good way to end the year.
Senior Kaylin Vos says, “The Tulip Time performance will be a good way to end the season. It may not be the most pressured or emotionally stimulating performance we have had, but it feels very good to give this performance to the community. Tulip Time always brings about a strong sense of community and wonder, and sharing a performance with an audience who feels those things is the best kind of performance to give.”
Van Waardhuizen agreed by saying, “I’m super excited to showcase our show with the community. We all have been itching for another performance for so long now and this is the perfect opportunity.” Since this will be many seniors’ last performance, they plan on making it the best it can be.
“Everyone wants to end the season with their best performance, so I am sure the show will be amazing. I feel good about Aca performing at Tulip Time because I know it will be a community event. There is a distinct sense of pleasure a performer gets when they are able to perform for people who care about them, who are awed by the show, and who appreciate the skill and effort dedicated to making the experience possible,” Vos says. “So far, those things are exactly what our community has given us, and it’s a privilege to be able to perform for Pella.”