McKendree University Announces New ‘Showstoppers’ Show Choir

Lebanon, Ill. — A new show choir called the Showstoppers is forming at McKendree University! This entertaining new group will begin performing in 2014 at the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts on campus. Adam Pulver has joined the university staff as the Showstoppers coach and recruiter.

“Show choir utilizes vocality, choreography, staging, costuming and production simultaneously,” Pulver explained. “It takes all of our favorite aspects of performing arts and molds it into one cohesive and powerful show. Show choir is not focused on musical theater or ‘Glee’-esque songs, but instead performs songs from different genres, from gospel to Broadway, proving its strength and versatility. Expect great things from show choir; it is the highest form of entertainment.”

The Showstoppers will be a select group of 20 to 40 students that will perform at the 488-seat Hettenhausen Center, the university’s performing arts showcase for student talent. Eventually the Showstoppers will participate in competitions, host a high school invitational, and perform at community festivals and fundraisers.

Pulver is the founder of the Academy of Performing Arts at Statesboro, Ga., which includes a dance team, men’s ensemble, women’s ensemble and a mixed choral group. From 2007 to 2011, he founded and directed the Adrenaline Advanced Show Choir at Georgia Southern University, his alma mater. In addition to leading the Showstoppers, he will work with high schools and community colleges to recruit new choir members, and meet with prospective students and their parents throughout the admission process.