Good Times Show Choir
Good Times Show Choir and Band is a unique blend of musicians, dancers, actors, athletes, and scholars. As one of the oldest show choirs in the state of West Virginia, GT has been a competing group for the past 36 years, attending adjudications regionally and nationally with 33 singers, 6 band members, and 4 tech. Most of all, Good Times celebrates their unique style, their diverse group of performers, and their commitment to always entertaining the crowd!
Good Times 2017-2018
2017-2018 Dance Captains are: Bethanney Hess, Emily Rudy, and Jayla Washington!
The Good Times Show Choir Staff
Director- Katie Smith Originally from Salisbury, MD, Katie Smith is a 2012 graduate of West Virginia University, where she received her B.M. in Music Education with an emphasis in voice. Smith studied voice with Dr. Hope Koehler and both choral and orchestral conducting with Dr. Mitchell Arnold and Dr. Kathleen Shannon. After graduation, Smith studied abroad in Ghana, Africa with Dr. Mike Vercelli, where she spent time collecting children’s game songs and studying West African drum and dance. Smith began her teaching career at Martinsburg North Middle School, where she taught general music, directed an African drum and dance ensemble, and assistant directed the show choir. While at North, she acquired many world percussion instruments through grant money. Currently in her fourth year as choir director at Martinsburg High School, Smith directs and accompanies Lady Choraliers, Good Times Show Choir, Perfect Harmony, and Concert Choir. Under her direction, the MHS ensembles have received multiple awards and superior ratings, as well as been awarded numerous grant monies. Additionally, Miss Smith is the WVMEA State Tri-M Chair, the Region 7 chair for WVVMA, and the festival chair for the Martinsburg Concert and Show Choir Festival.
Choreographer- Kevin Breazeale Kevin Breazeale is a free-lance music theatre choreographer, show-designer and performer. Recently, he won the Mississippi Theatre Association State Drama Festival’s, (MTASDF) “Best Choreography” award for “Altar Boyz” produced by Just Over the Rainbow Theatre. This spring he staged and choreographed HCLO’s “Les Miserables.” This summer he returned as the musical theatre choreography clinician at the University of Southern Mississippi and Festival South’s “Command Performance Broadway Intensive.” Currently, Kevin is working on the operetta, “The Merry Widow” for the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of music. He is looking forward to working on “Mary Poppins” with USM’s School of Music this fall and winter of 2015. Last year, Kevin choreographed “Hairspray” for “CPBI” during FestivalSouth. Last spring, he choreographed and played the role of Paul in a production of “Kiss Me Kate” at the Natchez Festival of Music in Natchez, MS. Kevin also staged and choreographed a production of “Sweeney Todd” for the University of Southern Mississippi’s School of Music last winter. Kevin has also been involved with choreography for musical theatre productions of “Les Miserables,” “Into the Woods,” “A Chorus Line,” and “Footloose.” at the theatre award-winning, Chesterton High School in Indiana. He studied dance at Giordano Dance Center, Joel Hall and Lou Conte Studios during his eight-year residency in Chicago. Along with dance, he also studied acting at the Actor’s Center of Chicago. He has also served as a choreography clinician at the Eastern Illinois University Music Camp, The Blue Ridge Show Choir Camp in W.Va., and the Butler Summer Showcase in El Dorado, Ks. For the past 10 years, Kevin has judged and been a visual clinician at regional and national show choir competitions with FAME Events. His competition show choir groups consistently place as finalists and are recipients of many choreography caption awards. Kevin holds a B.A. in Communication Studies and Journalism from Loyola University Chicago.
The main objectives of this group are:
- Experience and practice of leadership skills
- Practice of communication, organization, and professional skills
- Self-sufficient musicianship
- Confident movement and physical presentation
- Excellence motivated by competition
Good Times 2015-2016 Season
Grafton Show Choir Festival- 2nd Runner Up
Cuyahoga Falls Classic Show Choir Invitational- Finalist, 3rd Runner Up, Best Male Soloist- Jacobie Kilgore
Clover Hill Mid-Atlantic Show Choir Spectacular- Finalist, 5th Runner Up, Best Male Soloist- Jacobie Kilgore
Robert C. Byrd VocalFest- First Runner Up, Best Male Soloist- Jacobie Kilgore
GOOD TIMES 2014-2015 SEASON
RCB VocalFest- 1st Runner Up in Division I and 1st Runner Up Overall Captions- Best Choreography
WVMEA State Show Choir Competition Captions- Best Instrumental Soloist (Korinne Myers, piano)
2013-2014 Competition Season:
WVEMA State Show Choir Competition- 1st Runner Up
Captions- Best Band, Best Instrumental Solo (Gillian Brown, piano), Best Costumes
Show Choir Nationals- Best Male Performer (CJ Witt)