Unsung: Behind the Glee charts the compelling journey of two Toronto high school show choirs as they battle time, nerves and each other to create an award-winning routine for the Show Choir Canada Nationals, Canada’s National High School Glee Club Championships.
The one-hour documentary offers a behind-the-scenes look at two Toronto-based show choirs: “SPLASH” of the Etobicoke School of the Arts and the “Wexford Gleeks” of Wexford Collegiate School for the Arts. The schools have a healthy glee club rivalry, as each of them has won before at the Show Choir Canada Nationals. Both are striving for a repeat performance at the third annual competition in Toronto in April 2013.
Students and teachers from both schools offer different perspectives on the process of rehearsals, as well as their own brand of attitude and unique stories with uncompromising candor. The students themselves must cope with the usual high school dramas of family, friends and relationships – with the added pressure of coming up with the most original and eye-catching routine to impress the judges. Hundreds of hours of preparations make for a very boisterous show choir family – one that is often complicated and emotional but ultimately sympathetic to the shared trials and tribulations of growing up outside of the norm.
Unsung: Behind the Glee culminates in the big showdown, as the schools face 10 additional show choirs from across the country, all vying for more than $30,000 in prizing and the prestigious title of Canada’s Show Choir champion. It’s show time!
The Show Choir Canada Nationals is an open division competition for high school glee clubs and choirs. For more information visit www.showchoircanada.com.
Executive produced by Christina Jennings and Scott Garvie, and produced by Moze Mossanen and Jeff Spriet.
Unsung: Behind the Glee is a 2014 Shaw Rocket Prize Finalist in the Youth & Family category (aged 13 – 17 years) and 2015 Canadian Screen Award winner for Best Arts Documentary or Program.