Using a stunning – yet gentle and romantic – prelims performance that all but decided the outcome, Fantasia claimed their 4th WGI World Class Championship, this time by a large margin! Outscoring 28 other world class winter guards, Fantasia earned a 97.2 and a warm reception (standing ovation) – matching the warm and sunny Friday afternoon at the famed UD Arena. The contrast in weather (in the mid-30s on Saturday night!) didn’t dissuade the sell-out crowd as they reacted enthusiastically to the show that featured 15 men, 15 women and 15 heavy mattresses.
Kudos for WGI Hall of Fame member Karl Lowe have been pouring in since Fantasia won by 1.4 points at the 29th annual WGI Championships. In a season marked by an ‘earlier than usual’ start (rave reviews at the January evaluation) as well as a constant ‘evolution’ of the production based on Brahm’s “Concerto for Violin and Orchestra,” the group performed at prelims in near-flawless fashion. As pointed out by WGI writer Michael Boo, this was “the 4th consecutive title in alternating years” – a period in which Fantasia earned medals in 1999-2004 and 2006. These talented college entertainers also won the WGI Silver Medal in Class A back in 1991 (Madonna show) and the WGI Gold Medal in the Open Class in 1995 (Marlene Dietrich show).
Congratulations to the Fantasia staff, including Karl Lowe, Mykail Costner, Scott Chandler, Rob Jett, Tim Mikan and Robby Jacobson. Staff coordinator is Sheila Locke and the guard director is Gary Locke.Ê And to the 2006 members – thanks for a great season!
Your last chance to catch this elegant presentation is SUNDAY, APRIL 23 at the WGASC Championships, to be held at the UCI Bren Events Center in Irvine.