The swashbuckling tales of Noah and his ark


Senior Maddie Bracken in the opener number of the 2022 Carroll Show Choirs Minstrel Magic’s show “Noah.” Picture credits to Nancy Scholz from Purpose Photography. 

After two very extensive and nail-biting weekends at both the Jay County Show Choir Spectacular and the Pendleton Heights Arabian Spectacular both of the Carroll Choirs took home high placements and the awe of the community with their new and never before seen themes. 

The single-gender girls’ group plundered and swashbuckled their way to best choreography and show design at Jay County when they revealed their theme revolving around the legend of Dead Red. Played by Jaina Berry with Avery Ferrell playing strong as the presumed dead pirate’s right-hand woman. Berry also took home best female soloist securing the second place position of the group right behind Noblesvilles New Dimension. 

First runner-up was also awarded to the girl’s group at Pendleton after a heated preliminary competition that led

Sophmore Electric Pulse Trombone player Brian Anderson overlooks the group’s set lineup before the first performance of the season. Picture credits to Nancy Scholz from Purpose Photography.

to their spot in the finals behind ETC’s School of Musical Arts. 

Minstrel Magic was also the talk of the town after walking the halls adorned in floral sarongs and flower crowns dedicating their theme to the story of Noah and his ark. It was a tight race at Jay County between the mixed group and the Noblesville High School singers who walked away with the best female soloist in the mixed division. 

Both Minstrel and Noblesville battled for best choreography and best vocals at Jay County with Minstrel receiving best vocals in the preliminary round and tieing in the finals for best choreography. 

At Pendleton, it was no different. With only four points keeping Minstrel away from the first place spot in the preliminary round, the group put their hearts and souls into their dancing in singing for the finals round earning well-deserved cheers from the audience members and judges. Minstrel ended with the second runner-up behind ETC who took home the gold and Lafayette Jefferson. 

Sophomore Alysha Thierry was also a hot topic at Jay County after her tear-jerking and mesmerizing performance of Heart of Stone from Six the Musical that allowed her to tie for third place in the solo competition. 

“I feel like everyone including myself was really nervous,” commented Thierry. “But we did really good and I’m proud of myself and everyone else in select and minstrel.”

Cameron Gregory also dazzled the crowd earning him the second-place spot in the solo competition with his rendition of “If I didn’t believe in you” from “The Last Five Years”. Gregory also walked away with the best male soloist at Pendleton Heights.

“I think our comp went really well even placing third, I think we learned and experienced some important things that can help us for the rest of the season,” said Gregory. “I was so excited to receive second out of 28 in this solo competition as well.” 

With only a few points keeping both groups from first place spots, the choirs are hungry and ready for their next competition at Center Grove in the coming weeks. But before that, mark your calendars for the Carroll Classic held right here in the 10-12 building on February 11 and 12.