While the first day of National Tour was filled mostly with more bus riding than singing in order to get to Sheridan, Wyoming, the second day brought a busy day of rehearsing and performing.
But before the performances began, the Colorado Children’s Chorale National Tour Choir members had the chance to visit King’s Saddlery in downtown Sheridan. King’s Saddlery is a place where people come from all over the world to have their custom saddles made.
The saddlery also has a museum filled with photos, taxidermy (including a two headed cow!) and saddles from famous cowboys to famous actors.
Tour Choir members were also treated to a lesson in leatherwork from Jim Johnson and learned about the ropes King’s Saddlery makes. Several of the kids had the opportunity to try and rope a fake cow. Even Mrs. DeSantis gave it a shot!
After lunch, National Tour Choir performed for about 200 kids of all ages from Sheridan at the Wyo Theater. The set included Children’s Chorale favorites “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” and “Humpty Dumpty.”
In the afternoon, the kids set off on a walking tour of downtown Sheridan, seeing and learning about the many sculptures around Main Street.
Next was more rehearsing for the evening performance at the Wyo Theater for the Sheridan community. After more rehearsal, a nap and some dinner, the Chorale performed for about 480 people. The set included songs with the Sheridan County Youth Chorale and Children’s Chorale, whom National Tour Choir did a workshop with the day before. There are about 65 kids combined in the two Sheridan County groups.
“The best thing for us is to see that there’s other kids doing this. It inspires us seeing (the Colorado Children’s Chorale’s) level of professionalism,” said Tami Davis, who founded the Sheridan County Youth Chorale 10 years ago. “And the chance to get to know kids from other places. All the kids that are hosting (CCC) kids are having a blast.”
Thursday was a busy but fun day! On Friday it’s off to Spokane! Check out the slideshow below for photos of what happened on Thursday.