With so many events needing special accommodations or being completely canceled in 2020, Russellville City Schools is “looking back” for this year’s summer slam and giving shows affected by COVID a shot in the spotlight.
Summer Slam kicks off at 7 p.m. on May 25, with a $ 5 entry.
“We’ve done stuff where we’ve spent a year reviewing performances before, but it will be different because it’s going to be all the performances they couldn’t get,” said RCS choir director Emily Rush.
The show will feature ballads from “Sleeping Beauty” and “Aladdin,” which were shows slated for spring 2020 but canceled due to COVID-19. It will also feature year-round memorabilia, such as Christmas carols and the favorite Halloween “Thriller”.
“It’s always a big deal for our students to perform every year,” Rush said. “We were able to have these shows by recording them, but now we are giving them a chance to perform on stage.”
Summer Slam will also feature some new pieces that the students have learned.
The musical event will feature the college and an opening performance from the students who attended the choir show camp.
“These are things that no one could see or could only see through a camera,” Rush said.
Rush said she and the students were excited to perform in front of a live audience and showcase the material the students have been working on all year.
“This year you plan to have to make adjustments if you’re even able to play at all,” Rush said. “To have these performances here at the end is a moving thing.”