BILLINGS — On any given evening, you’ll be able to to find 18-year-old Skyview Senior Jordan Shawver at one in every of two puts: at the soccer box, or on degree.
“You don’t take a look at the massive six-foot four-inch, 280 pound left take on and say, ‘I guess that man can sing an opera song. I guess that man can sing display tunes actual excellent,'” Jordan stated.
For the Shawver circle of relatives, song has been of their lives because the very starting. Jordan’s mom, Holly Shawver, is a classically skilled pianist, and bassist within the all-girl band from Billings Pope Jane.
“When he used to be little or no, very younger, I’d hum to him and he would mimic it. Word for word, not anything mistaken, absolute best rhythm,” Holly stated. “So I knew that there used to be one thing there from the time he used to be born.”
Whilst enrolled in heart college at Lockwood, Jordan began understanding that song can be a lifelong pastime.
“Tune has turn out to be an increasing number of necessary to me as time has long gone on. I’ve at all times sang in Choir, even if I used to be in preschool and kindergarten. In heart college I began to take choir as a category,” Jordan stated. “It truly become for me that I experience this, it is a pastime of mine that is one thing I like and need to pursue.”
On the similar time, Jordan used to be additionally rising at the box as a soccer participant, finding a love for the camaraderie fostered at the soccer gridiron.
“Into heart college and all through highschool,” Jordan stated. “I spotted how a lot I beloved this game and what sort of it’s constructed me into the individual I’m lately. And it’s one thing that makes you truly admire brotherhood and loving others and circle of relatives.”
As time went on, Jordan saved perusing each soccer and song. Taking voice courses alongside the way in which from Q. Staton in Lockwood throughout heart college, and Doug Nagel at Montana State College Billings in highschool.
Jordan ended up interested in a summer time camp on the Interlochen Heart for the Arts in Michigan in his early highschool years. He used to be sooner or later introduced a scholarship to wait arts targeted highschool for the tail finish of his highschool profession.
“I left an enduring influence at the voice director there,” Jordan stated. “It used to be a kind of issues the place my freshman 12 months, I didn’t need to cross. I sought after to play some highschool soccer. I sought after to be round” … “I used to be going to visit my junior 12 months. That used to be the plan. However we discovered my mom used to be identified with terminal most cancers, I couldn’t depart my house.”
So, Jordan determined not to transfer to Michigan. As a substitute, staying in Billings to take a 12 months off soccer and pursue song at Skyview. This gave his mom the chance to look her son carry out on degree.
“I sought after him to move so badly, however then I used to be identified with terminal most cancers,” Holly stated. “He has thrived right here and carried out really well.”
Jordan has no regrets about his resolution.
“I bring to mind the folk I do know now that I wouldn’t know if I had long gone. I bring to mind the alternatives I’ve been for the reason that I wouldn’t have had,” Jordan stated. “However, it’s a kind of issues the place I wouldn’t have got to play this closing 12 months of soccer. I wouldn’t have met one of the most highest pals I’ve ever met, one of the most highest pals I’ve ever had over those closing two or 3 years. So, am I unhappy about it now and again, am I a bit of sour about it now and again? Positive. However do I feel sorry about it? No. now not within the slightest.”
Jordan jumped into musical theater head first, collaborating in 7 productions at Skyview, Billings Studio Theater, and NOVA in 2017.
The verdict to stick in Billings got here with a shift in viewpoint that some simplest to find when confronted with essentially the most dire cases.
“There is not any such factor as a nasty day,” Holly stated. “And that’s how he lives his lifestyles. He doesn’t have very many unhealthy days. He’s very loving and really giving and if one thing is going mistaken in his lifestyles he generally will get up and reveals anyone else to like, or one thing else to like, or one thing else to do, or elsewhere to place his emotion and his pastime.”
Jordan lately has the lead position in Mozart’s opera The Marriage of Figaro now appearing on the
NOVA theater in Billings.
Despite the fact that you are now not into opera, Jordan encourages everybody to take a look at one thing new. And the vocals are all written in English, so you will not have to take a look at to select the characters intentions by means of how they act on degree.
“Cross enjoy one thing that you just aren’t used to,” Shawver stated. ““You may now not love it. That’s ok. It’s completely ok in the event you don’t love it however give it the advantage of the doubt and take a look at it.”
The Marriage of Figaro is a tale of aristocratic love, and revenge.
“My persona is the top of workforce for lords and duchesses, that roughly factor,” Jordan stated. “The rely, who’s performed by means of Kieran Beebe. Is attempting to sleep with my spouse sooner than our marriage ceremony, on our marriage ceremony evening. As a result of this is it seems that his proper as head of the family. The tale revolves round us seeking to foil his plot.”
“It’s about giving again that reward that used to be given to me,” Jordan stated. “It’s about giving it to the sector if I will. Giving it to any person who’s prepared to pay attention.”
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