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Students set for 2018's Hello Texas spotlight

Written by Emily N. Wolfe. Posted in Schools

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For 36 years, thousands of Deer Park High School students have wowed their classmates and community at Hello Texas. This year’s event is Feb. 1-3 at the Performing Arts Center at DPHS-South and features a performance from the composer of the show’s namesake.

For three nights at Deer Park High School’s Performing Arts Center, Hello Texas takes center stage as high school students show off their musical talents. The school’s choir, drill team and cheerleaders join to give a musical salute to the school and the community.

Hello Texas is a variety featuring more than students, dozens individual acts over the span of three shows. The show draws full houses each year since its inception in 1981. The show began as a joint venture of the Student Council and choir department. In the early 1990s, the choral department took over the show and has continued the tradition each year since.

Even though this is the 37th Hello Texas show, the audience can expect something a little different from the previous years. While the Deer Park High School Swing Choir continues to perform Jimmy Buffett’s “Hello Texas” at the beginning of every show, on Friday night, the performance includes a guest appearance by the song’s composer, Brian Collins. Additionally, the audience can expect Collins to perform another one of his songs that night.

Moreover, Choir Director Jason Dove is in charge of running the show. While there is a change in the show’s leadership, the audience still anticipates the tradition of Hello Texas to continue as it has done for 37 years.

“Hello Texas is a community expectation in Deer Park,” Dove said. “It is a tradition established by Barry Talley the executive director of fine arts for DPISD and former choir director at Deer Park High School.”

This year’s event features approximately 60 different acts throughout the show’s run. With the exception of four acts, each night features different performances by a variety of performers.

“There are three different nights of performances. Each night has different acts with different songs. Only four songs by the swing choir are repeated. Everything else changes,” Dove said. “The drill team is involved and has different dancers and dance groups each night as well. The cheerleaders will perform one routine each night.”

Hello Texas runs from Feb. 1 through Feb. 3 and the Gospel Show is Jan. 28. Tickets are available at the door or in the Deer Park High School South Campus (710 W. San Augustine) front office for $10 a night or $25 for all three nights.