From the silver screen to the signature stage at Osseo-Fairchild High School, it's 'Pitch Perfect' come to life.
"This tournament is almost exactly what you see in the movies because the movies are based on the book and the book is based on our tournament."
Andrea Poole is with Varsity Vocals, which runs both the International Competition of High School A cappella (ICHSA) and International Competition of College A cappella (ICCA). Saturday is the first time ever the ICHSA will sound-off in Western Wisconsin.
"Ten years ago, I had to call schools and beg them to compete," Poole said. "Now we're at capacity."
Nine high school groups from Wisconsin and Minnesota will bring their best to this quarterfinal round of Varsity Vocals' now world-famous tournament with the goal of moving on to the semifinals in DeKalb, Illinois and, ultimately, the big song and dance at Lincoln Center in New York--just like in the movie!
"Making it to finals is our goal again this year," said Alanna Peters with GET Vocal Point.
Eyeing a return to what's now familiar territory, Gale-Ettrick-Trempealeau's Vocal Point will seek to defend a third place finish at nationals in 2017.
Peters said, "I really don't take it for granted. I just love being a part of it."
But, to prove they belong with the best of the best, they'll first have to get by their singing siblings 'Out of the Blue.' GET's newest a cappella group is finding their footing under a new director and hoping to take the battle to big brother.
"I feel like we're going in pretty confident, other than the whole Vocal Point thing, but it will be nice to see how we fare against them," said Coleton Franzen.
When it comes to feeling at home under the bright lights, perhaps no group has a bigger advantage this year than the hosts: Osseo-Fairchild's own 'Danger Tones'.
The Tones' Anna Speckien said, "I think it will be more comforting that it's here."
Despite only being in their second year as a contemporary a cappella group, the 'Danger Tones' will walk the fine line of being both welcoming committee and winning combination.
"It's crazy because I don't know what to expect because we've never competed before, but it's going to be really cool that we get to host it," Speckien added.
Whatever the outcome, Varsity Vocals said the true winners are the high school music programs embracing the competitive a cappella trend.
Poole said, "To have that additional pressure and deal with those nerves, I think it's just a skill that's going to set them up for success later in life."
Osseo-Fairchild will compete with both GET groups as well as those from Arcadia. Shell Lake, Dover-Eyota from Minnesota and some others from the Twin Cities area.
Unfortunately, for those who'd like to see the competition but didn't get their tickets a couple weeks ago, it's completely sold out. Varsity Vocals said it's the first time they've had a quarterfinal round of the tournament sell out so quickly in the entire country.