Show Choir season in review

After a long season, Good Time Company and Showtime reflect on their hardships and triumphs after loss


Courtesy of Mindy Tisdale

GTC celebrates grand champions at Benton competition.

With the season coming to a close, Iowa City West’s show choir celebrate a successful season after many hardships faced. From a slow start to a successful finish, they had each other and the support of directors throughout it all.


At the first competition of the season, Iowa City West’s Show Choirs participated in the River City Showcase Competition in Muscatine. At this competition, Good Time Company placed third overall and Showtime did not place. 


Show Choirs’ first competition with finals did not disappoint. With tough competitors like Waukee and Linn-Mar, the choirs had a lot of pressure put onto them to win. After the performances, It was time for daytime awards. The room went silent as finals groups were announced.

The Goodtime Company leaped up as they heard their names and prepared for one more performance. “I felt like all of our hard work had paid off,”explains Zoe Nolte ’22. At the end of the night, GTC ranked 6th overall with best costumes and Showtime got 2nd in the prep division. “It didn’t even matter how we placed but knowing we had so much potential for the future was so fulfilling,” said Nolte.

Mt. Pleasant

Mount pleasant was a long day with almost 12 hours of competing and watching. But, it was all worth it when GTC made finals and placed fourth among some strong schools such as Davenport North. Showtime ranked 5th in the prep division.

Benton Touch Of Class

After losing their beloved guitarist Charlie Bates, GTC and Showtime gave their all at Benton. This paid off, Showtime placed third and had Allison Reed win best prep soloist. The Good Time company had a clean sweep. Winning best choreography, vocals, director, and peoples choice. All of this led to GTC winning Grand Champions for the first time in eight years. “I was honestly shocked, not as a bad thing. I just had never imagined at the beginning of the season for that to happen,” explains Sierra Frisvold ‘23. A chant broke out, “CB, CB,CB” a mutual understanding was that the competition had been won for Charlie.


Coming off of the first GTC grand champs, more than ever both show choirs were working to get that feeling once again. “I just wanted the students to not take anything for granted knowing that it was our last competition. And to celebrate all the wonderful growth they had experienced over the season,” said Luigi Enriquez, the director of Good Time Company.

When awards came, no one was expecting what would happen next. The Good Time Company held hands as they waited to be called. But they didn’t hear fourth, third, or even second, that was when they realized they had once again become grand champions.

“I felt proud. They had worked so hard and had experienced a lot of hardships in the weeks prior to persevere and to come out on top I couldn’t have been prouder,” said Enriquez. After one of the longest and most difficult seasons they had ever faced, the entire choral program at Iowa City West felt over the moon.