Mandy Smith Four Taradale High School pupils will be hoping that little practice makes perfect when they compete in tomorrow's Hawke's Bay Secondary Schools Barbershop Competition.
Barbie-shop, featuring Kaydee Lee, Claire Chittenden, Stephanie Atkin and Emma Jones, have practised together just four times since they formed a month ago.
"We only just finished our production," said baritone singer Claire, 18.
The quartets and chorus groups at tomorrow's competition at the Taradale High School hall will be judged on showmanship, expression, sound and music choice.
Bass singer Kaydee, 17, said hamming it up was key, so they would don their namesake's platinum-blonde wig and pink clothing when they performed the "sweet and cheesy" numbers, Mister Sandman and Over the Rainbow, in the quartet section.
"It's absolutely over the top," she said.
The four singers have all been members of the Taradale High School chorus but only Emma and Claire have competed in a quartet before, as part of the group that won the regional competition last year.
Neither felt under pressure to repeat the performance, and secure a place at the national champs in Lower Hutt in August.
"We just want to have fun," Emma said.
Hastings Girls' High School, Woodford House, William Colenso College, Napier Girls' High School and Sacred Heart College are also involved.
* The competition starts tomorrow at 1pm at the Taradale High School hall. Tickets are available on the door and cost $5 for adults or a gold coin for students.