by Jade Broer
The Spotlighter Invitational is back again.
The Spotlighter Invitational has been around since 1993 and was started by director Elaine Moebius as well as the 1993 Spotlighters. It’s the day where Mooresville’s Spotlighters host their own competition.
Each year the Spotlighters have their own competition for their invitation, to decorate the best room they can. they compete with Finesse and Madrigals for the best room. In total there are 24 rooms to decorate. Each room has a group of students assigned to it where they get to decide how to decorate it. at around 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Mr. Jason Damron will judge the rooms and pick the best two. Those winners will get taken out to dinner with Mr. Damron.
“It’s really cool for our students to be a part of it [the Spotlighter Invitational]. It’s good for other schools to see how we do things and even community members to see what kind of event we can host. It makes a good impression on the community and other schools. It’s also a fundraiser that helps to cover costs for our competitions,” Choir Director Jason Damron said.
“It’s a fairly large competition and its fun to cheer on other teams,” Spotlighters and Madrigals President Zach Hall said. With 24 choirs performing, it is a big competition.
The Invitational lasts all day. Schools get here around 7 a.m. and begin performing around 8:15 a.m. The last performance is by the Spotlighters at 11:15 p.m. which leaves awards to start at 11:45 p.m.
The people who do not want to stay at a competition all day to wait and see Mooresville’s choirs have a chance to just the MHS choirs the night before, Friday, February 21. This night is called Community Night.
Community Night was created about five years ago. “It’s just an opportunity for people who want to see Mooresville together instead of at a competition. It’s a good chance for the community to see everything we do and it helps with the costs of the invitational,” Damron said.
It’s also in a different setting than usual. “It’s a big setting because we perform in the gym instead of the auditorium,” Spotlighters and Madrigals President Jackie Harris said.
Community Night starts at 7 p.m. on Friday, February 21, with a five dollar admission.
The Spotlighter invitational is an all day event with two sessions. Each session has a ten dollars or you can get an all day pass for fifteen dollars.