BIDWELL — The choir program at River Valley High School has grown significantly in recent years.
Four years ago the choir program was nothing more than a small collection of people in the same room, without any tangible success. This year, the program is 17 members strong and preparing for a full scale production of “Beauty and the Beast” on April 7 and 8.
Director Allyson Johnston remembered the program from four years ago and explained: “There was a lot of arguing, little got done, and it was stressful. It didn’t always feel like choir.”
The seniors in the room agreed to this sentiment, sharing their pride in who they are now as a team. Choir members feel strongly that the big difference was a realization of potential.
David Mullins said it this way: “We all finally realized that we actually can sing.”
The members believe in what they are doing is important, both for themselves and for those around them. All members agree that choir develops teamwork and responsibility. If a person is out of key with the group, it lessens the whole performance. The energy in the rehearsal room is tangible and the students say they are excited about the future of choir.
“I like the camaraderie we all have,” explained Jessie Steel. “We take pride in what we do, and we love to see the audience react to what we do.”
The next big event for the public to interact will be the musical production of “Beauty and the Beast.” Tickets can be purchased at River Valley High School, $10 for adults, $5 for students, and the show will be held at The University of Rio Grande.
Reach Morgan McKinniss at 740-446-2342 or firstname.lastname@example.org