Rhapsody performs in first competition of the year

Rhapsody in Blue will participate in its first competition of the year on Saturday, Feb. 4 at Brea Olinda High School.

Rhapsody members have been practicing daily in their class as well as attending rehearsals every Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.  

“These rehearsals are the foundation of how our show set will turn out to be. They bring everyone together. In choir, there [are] all kinds of kids who partake in different activities, but our love for music unites us all. That partnership links us together so we’re solid on our performances,” senior Mariah Quintero said.

Rhapsody will perform a total of seven songs, including “I’m In Love With A Monster” by Fifth Harmony, “River Deep, Mountain High” by Tina Turner and an acapella rendition of “Stitches” by Shawn Mendes. All of the songs will adhere to the theme of a girl’s romantic experience.

“Our songs have different feelings to [them] so with every song you have to change character, and you need to convey different emotions to get the point of that song across. You put yourself in a different person’s shoes and think what that person might do in that particular situation. It’s very demanding because we have fast paced choreography, and we still need to project our voices, but I’m excited to show how hard we’ve worked,” sophomore Sarah Bai said.

Last year, Rhapsody took first place at San Pasqual High School and placed second at Temecula Valley and Eastlake High School. However, this year it hopes to place first at every competition they perform in by improving on the precision of its choreography.

“Everyone in Rhapsody at least has a shared understanding that if we don’t get our music learned and the dances done, we won’t be able to perform,” junior Sammi Su said. “I think with all the work we’ve done, we shouldn’t be thrown off by anything that might seem daunting to us previously. Having capable people around me in Rhapsody makes performances a lot more easier to have confidence to do well.”

Written by Sherman Wu, Staff writer
Photo by Austin Lam