MASON — A new club has been formed at Wahama High School and the members are ready to take their show on the road.
The Glee Club, organized by music teacher Rachel Reynolds, has been rehearsing a 30-minute Broadway-based Christmas show. Available to perform at area company or organization holiday parties, the show comes complete with costumes, singing, dancing and special lighting.
Reynolds, who also directs Wahama’s concert choir, said the glee club show differs greatly from that of the traditional choir that Bend Area residents are familiar with at Christmas time.
She stated while the concert choir show is made up of a sacred repertoire on a serious note of the Christmas season, the 14-member glee club program is secular. The concert choir will be performing on a church tour over the holidays, while the glee club is open for other performances.
“The repertoire is still difficult, but is more ‘show’,” said Reynolds. “It’s Broadway-based and is enhanced with special lighting and costumes.”
Members of the group include Shelby Gerlach, Abby Taylor, Breauna Walter, Mary Roush, Alexa Layne, Payton McFarland, Haley King, Sophia Russell, Destiny Sayre, A’leisia Barnitz, Jackson Hall, Conner Bumgarner, Elijah Smith and Walker Stanhope.
Five selections will make up the show, including “Christmas on Broadway Medley,” featuring Roush, Layne, Bumgarner and Taylor; “Ring Silver Bells,” featuring soloist Russell; a duet of “Christmas Is,” featuring Gerlach and Hall; “Little Saint Nick,” which is a boys-only song; and “Frosty and the Hand Jive.”
Although a preview of the show can be seen at the Bend Area C.A.R.E. Concert on Dec. 4, the glee club is ready for performances any time. Reynolds said while there is no fee to perform at Christmas parties and events, she is hoping those hosting the club will consider a donation for the program.
“It’s a big deal to go,” Reynolds said. “We have special lighting, a sound system, and sets of risers that have to be set up prior to any performance.”
To schedule the group, Reynolds can be reached at the school at 304-773-5539. Callers can leave a message and she will return calls promptly.
Mindy Kearns is a freelance writer for Ohio Valley Publishing who can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.