Hendricken welcomes the first “Lil” Rhody Rumble
By AIDAN CAHILL
Last weekend, Bishop Hendricken High School hosted seven schools from southern New England in the first annual “Lil’ Rhody Rumble” choir competition. Ten teams from seven different schools came together on Saturday, March 28 to compete in the Rhode Island Choir Competition. The event had been in the works for about a year, according to Rumble organizer Richard Sylvia.
In the hall, a temporary stage extension was erected to give the performers enough space to move around during their performances. Although this was put together by an external team, a team of volunteers involved with Paramount, the Bishop Hendricken Show Choir team, handled all stage setup changes and props for individual teams. .
Competing teams brought their A-game to the Rumble across all four levels of competition. Only one middle school team competed, Maestros, from Tantasqua Regional Junior High School, performing a show based on Disney classics including Finding Nemo and Mary Poppins.
Two teams from Somerset-Berkley Regional High School competed as single-sex teams. Their all-female team, Amplify, won Best Costume, with their first outfit being dresses covered in a pattern of playing cards, and their second outfit being red and black dresses with necklines that mimic card suits.
In the smaller co-ed division, Lowell High School’s “Sound Impressions” came in first, featuring a show based on a Guitar Hero contest, featuring music from artists including Willow Smith, Foreigner, Twisted Sister and Eminem. Their opponent in this split was a freshman program from Leominster High School, which took a trip through adolescence, including a performance of Radiohead‘s “Creep” to classical music accompaniment.
Within the coed grand division, Waltham High School won the grand champion award and a gold medal with their “Music Unlimited” program, which hasn’t won any medals less than gold since 2018. Their competition was incredibly strong, however, competing against a crew performing their take on The Matrix, including choreographed slow-motion fight scenes and flips. The Tantasqua Regional High School team put on a show based on greeting cards, while the performance of the large mixed band from Somerset-Berkley was based on being the best you can be.
Being the best they can be, as well as community and support, seem to be high points for most teams on the competitive circuit. “The community is also one of the most supportive communities ever,” says Darian Clay, interpreter for Paramount. Thinking back to a previous competition, he continued, “there was a group that had never played before, and everyone welcomed them with open arms to help them through the process of the day.” Once this “process of the day” was completed, Paramount had the chance to compete. As the host school, they were not eligible for the awards, but still put their hearts into the whole day, including their performance. “Paramount is a family”, as interpreter Cait Brown says. “Sometimes families fight, but at the end of the day, the treasure we find is really the family and the love between us.”
Editor’s Note: Hendricken student Aidan Cahill is doing his senior work experience at the Warwick Beacon.