Dancing During a Pandemic

Red Carpet Gala Holds Competition

Macey Heim, Staff

On Saturday, March 20, West Delaware hosted the annual Red Carpet Gala for the 2021 show choir competition. 

However, Forté was much different this year due to COVID-19. 

Schools couldn’t arrive until they were ready to perform and had to leave right after they performed. Only parents of each group were allowed in the auditorium. Each homeroom was only used once and sprayed down after each group. The auditorium was sanitized between each performance, and each performance was limited to an audience of 350 people. 

“Everyone was masked at all times, even on stage and in the back of the stage,” Director Duane Philgreen said.

Senior Brigid McMahon felt the precautions were overwhelming. 

“It sucks that things aren’t always 100 percent certain,” McMahon said. “At least we are being safe, and at the end of the day, that’s all that matters.”

Five groups participated in the competition: Cloud Nine from Clayton Ridge, Legacy from MFL MarMac, Pulse from Forest City, and Hilltopper and Express from Onalaska, Wisconsin. 

WD Forté performed at 4:30 p.m. as the exhibition performance.