In a choir room, inundated with hair flips, chorus kicks and high musical notes, 32 young women are working to bring history back.

At Franklin Community High School, the female-only show choir the Sensations has returned after a more than 10-year absence.

Teens who were in kindergarten the last time Sensations took to a competition stage now have a chance to show off their singing and dancing in a department that has grown in the past few years.

The high school has always had Heritage Singers, a mixed show choir that has started competing at more Indiana State School Music Association invitationals.

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In the past few years, dozens of female students were getting turned down from the mixed show choir because it only had spots for a few females, choir director Michael Hummel said.

“We started having so many women audition for the Heritage Singers,” he said.

He decided to resurrect a competition show choir for just female students. This will be the first year since about 2006 that the show choir will perform.

He hired a well-known choreographer, Eric Hayes, and set up a choir camp, where the newly cast girls could get to know each other and learn some fundamentals. A booster club began to fund the choir.

The rebirth of Sensations began.

The original rise and demise of the choir was slower and less precise.

Directors, former directors and alumni said that the show choir has existed off and on for decades.

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Magen Kritsch is an editorial assistant at the Daily Journal. She can be reached at or 317-736-2770.