|Thursday||3pm||Area Council Meeting|
|5:30pm-6pm||Banquet Opens, Cocktail 1/2 Hour|
|7:30pm||Showcase in Same Venue as Banquet|
Our judges lead classes on Friday morning.
Each year there is a different theme. This year is Black and White Ball. Each year, before AC&C, we ask each chorus to poll their members for theme suggestions and then to hold an internal vote. They then send their top choice to the Convention Chairman. Ballots are created with a list consisting of the top pick from each chorus. The ballots are given to people at registration, to fill out before they get their AEP. So, the registration desk has the ballots and a box to put them in. The decor for the banquet, the contestant mailboxes, etc. are also based on the yearly theme.
Saturday night is for fun. We all dress up as the theme inspires us. The pre-cocktail event is usually some kind of short fun contest. (In the past, we've had a costume contest, and we've raced our mailboxes that were shaped like sailboats in the hotel pool...) The banquet is informal and often has a photo backdrop and props as part of the decor.
Usually, we invited every chorus or quartet that participated in the contest to sing after the Banquet Saturday night. We alternate choruses and quartets and they are generally in order of contest score, with the first-place groups singing last. As we get more groups competing, we may have to evaluate this practice. The groups perform a variety of numbers, it's entirely up to them. Some sing one of their package songs, some sing a favorite song, and some sing something related to the theme. It is the choice and they are not assigned a song.