Wichita’s premier show choir, ICT Flight, will begin its fourth season this year, highlighting the musical talents of more than 40 students from 15 area high schools. The group has had an outstanding first three seasons, even earning a national title of “Most Promising New Group.” ICT Flight, directed and choreographed by Kristina Sims, gives area high school students the opportunity to experience the unique performance opportunity of competitive show choir for the first time ever, as the activity is not offered in Kansas schools.

What is Show Choir?

Combining choral singing with intricate dance numbers, show choir offers students a unique opportunity offered by many high schools in other states. Because competitive show choir is not locally available, the group will travel throughout the Midwest to events in Iowa, Texas, Nebraska, and Missouri.

With a mission to inspire and enrich the lives of young people by fostering excellence in musicianship, performance technique, and citizenship while serving as ambassadors to the Greater Wichita Area, ICT Flight boosts students’ confidence and teaches the importance of leadership, teamwork, responsibility, organization, and time management in a positive environment.

“There is no question that this is a valuable experience for many Kansas teens, but we need help making that a reality,” Director Kristina Sims said.

ICT Flight’s Take Off Party

As ICT Flight enters this year’s competition season, the not-for-profit group partners with Patton Termite & Pest to host an evening of fun and fundraising at the ICT Flight Take Off Party on Oct. 15. The event will be held at Villa Luna, 8406 W. Central, with registration beginning at 6 p.m.  Featuring an Italian meal provided by Blue Moon Catering, prizes, games, a cash bar, an auction, and of course, entertainment, the event will establish support to help cover the group’s competition expenses. A donation of $25 is suggested. Those who wish to attend must RSVP online by Oct. 10 to guarantee a seat. Patrons must be at least 18 years of age to attend.

“We’re excited to be a part of the fundraising event for Flight. Kristina and the program have been instrumental in helping high schoolers learn the fundamentals of music theater performance. We are looking forward to providing events where people can get to know what Flight does and offer support,” said Mike Patton of Patton Termite & Pest.

All sponsors (business and individual) will be recognized at this season’s community performances and will be published in the program for winter and spring shows. Business sponsors may include a business card with submission of sponsorship for advertising purposes, or may submit their own ad. For details, contact Kristina Sims at ictshowchoir@gmail.com.

“This event is very important to the community because it offers the only opportunity in Wichita for high school age students to participate in show choir. Most surrounding states support the learning experience though schools, but Kansas doesn’t. Fortunately, Kristina Sims had a vision that formed Flight Show choir. The program needs our support to remain healthy,” Patton said.

“Sponsorships are an important part of growing a successful show choir. All donations ad contributions, small or large, help make for a successful year and are greatly appreciated by all choir members,” Sims said.

To learn more about Wichita’s ICT Flight Chow Choir, view a performance schedule, or make a donation, visit http://www.ictflight.com/.