• October 24, 2014

Feel the beat at Club Allegro

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Posted: Friday, February 21, 2014 4:30 am

Club Allegro, the longtime Killeen High School musical tradition continues this weekend, now in its 45th year.

Shows scheduled at 7 p.m. today and Saturday at the KHS auditorium feature hit music from the 1960s and 1970s.

Killeen choir director Cody Parrott said the show is dedicated to its own 45-year history and will be reminiscent with cover music from Tina Turner, Dionne Warwick, Michael Jackson, Queen and other artists of the era.

Tickets are available at http://www.seatyourself.biz/khschoirs or through the KHS choir department. Admission is $15. Students and children get in for $4. Proceeds go to choir student scholarships.

Club Allegro was born at Killeen High in 1969 through the vision of then-choir director Nick Boltz, who eventually became fine arts director at KHS.

In the early days, the show was held in the school cafeteria and students served food. Over the years, it has grown in popularity and moved to the auditorium.

The shows this weekend will feature professional light and sound by KISD-TV and choreography by student participants.

“The show is awesome,” said Killeen High sophomore Israel Oros, who sings songs by Marvin Gaye and Queen. “It’s fun doing rehearsals. We’re figuring out the stage and the dancing.”

He said fans of previous shows would be impressed with the added effects and creativity.

Coen Watson, a senior appearing in multiple acts, agreed this is the year to check out Club Allegro.

“We’re used to doing choral pieces and this is our chance to belt out some favorite songs,” Watson said. “This shows the talent we have at Killeen. We have a lot to offer.”

Students put together their own acts and choreography. In the beginning, tryouts drew about 200 acts and in “American Idol”-style auditions, judges chose 32 acts. The school’s Mad Jazz group will close the show.

“This is a good opportunity for them,” Parrott said of his choir students. “They spend most of the year on classical music. Learning choral music is good for them. This is fun, and it gets a lot of students excited.”

Last year’s show raised about $4,000 for college scholarships for KHS choir students.

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