Legacy Show Choir has one of its most successful seasons to date

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MFL MarMac’s Legacy Show Choir will hold the final performance of its acclaimed “People Like Us” show this Sunday, April 24, at 2:30 p.m., in the high school auditorium in Monona. (Photo by Audrey Posten)

Catch final show this Sunday in high school auditorium


By Audrey Posten, Times-Register


MFL MarMac’s Legacy Show Choir will hold its final performance of the season this Sunday, April 24, at 2:30 p.m., in the high school auditorium in Monona. 


The group will share its acclaimed “People Like Us” show, which captured three first place awards in Class 2A at the Marion Masquerade, Cedar Rapids Jefferson Show Choir Competition and West Delaware Red Carpet Gala. MFL MarMac also made it to the finals at Red Carpet Gala and earned second place overall.


“It’s one of our most successful years to date,” reflected senior Jaxton Schroeder. “I was glad to make finals at Red Carpet Gala my senior year. It’s been our goal for awhile.”


“That’s one of our first goals we told the whole student body and the community,” added junior Hailee Corlett. “The fact we did it shows a lot about our commitment to the group and how hard we work to reach our goals. Then, taking a step further and getting second overall was crazy. ”


Junior Franci Mezera said the environment was electric. After performing in front of smaller crowds at earlier shows—and even in the initial performance that day—Legacy members relished the opportunity showcase their talent to a wider audience.


“It was an amazing experience performing in front of that many people,” she shared.


All the nerves from earlier that day melted away, said senior Abby Schellhorn. “We were pumped and ready to go.” 


Legacy’s praise is well earned after a 10- to 11-month-long season. Preparations for the next show start as soon as the current year is complete, providing little down time.


“I don’t think people realize how long our season really is. There is no stop point,” Mezera explained.


That’s a large part of what makes the success worth it, according to junior Emme Schroeder.


“It’s a really long season and we put so much work into the show. It’s proving that hard work and determination pays off in the end,” she said.


The group credited director Jaydeane Berns for support and also gave a shout out to Ric Benzing, who stepped in as accompanist this season when Karen Suddendorf was ill. It helps being a smaller school in a close knit community.


“We’re blessed to have as many musicians in this area as we do,” Berns noted.


Legacy will lose some talented seniors, like Jaxton Schroeder, who was the group’s outstanding performer at Red Carpet Gala. Berns is confident the incoming seniors will, pun intended, carry on the legacy by showing the younger members the ropes.


“We’ve had really great leaders for the past how many years, and they’ve taught us how to be leaders. Now, it’s our turn to pass down what they’ve taught us,” acknowledged Emme Schroeder.


“We have talented people,” added Corlett, “and I think we can have another splendid year.”

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