The End of the 2023 Show Choir Season


Owen Kilgore (Mr. Rogers) and Elizabeth Goff (Lady Aberlin) performing Treat People with Kindness.

Kennedy’s show choirs, Happiness Inc., Protégé and Chantuers, finished their 2022-2023 season Saturday, Feb. 18. Happiness went to five competitions throughout their season, Protégé to four and Chantuers attended one, but did not compete. 

Happiness Inc. had a feel-good show this year, competing a  “Mr. Rogers Neighborhood” themed show with solos from junior Owen Kilgore and senior understudy Jake Horton as Mr. Rogers, senior Elizabeth Goth as Lady Aberlin and junior Alex Volden. Junior Lilly Marchbanks and senior Lucas Dolphin also have complimentary solos.

Happiness Inc. took third at Ankeny, fourth at Johnston, fourth at Prairie, fourth at Urbandale and first at Indianola. They had a difficult competition season, up against the best teams in the country, and walked away with the Best Tech Crew Award and Best Show Design Award at Prairie and Urbandale respectively. 

Protégé had their best competition season since 2019, placing third at Ankeny, second at Johnston, third at Prairie and third at Urbandale in the prep division.

“I am amazed with all the hard work these kids have shown and the work they have achieved,” Protégé Director Ann Brunson said. “They are all strong singers and dancers and I’m excited to see where they all go next.”

Protégé competed in a show based on the movie “Top Gun Maverick Show.” Freshmen Kaleb Smith, Sam Bloomquist and Izzy Westercamp demonstrated the talent within the class of 2026, all performing solos in this year’s season.

Chanturers became non-competitive and all-female this year, performing at show choir events at Kennedy and exhibition at Prairie High School. Their theme was “Take on the World” with an opening solo from freshman Paris Jackson. 

The last time to watch these choirs in action will be May 21 at the annual Going Out Concert in the Kennedy auditorium. The first show will be at 2 p.m. and the second at 4 p.m.