TOWNSEND — These music students are getting creative while raising money for a trip to sing at one of New York’s legendary concert halls this spring.
Members of the concert, chamber and women’s choirs at North Middlesex Regional High School will be singing at Carnegie Hall.
The honor is a result of three North Middlesex choirs earning three gold medals in the 2013 Festival of Gold Showcase in New York City, said voice teacher Michelle Blake. The gold medals are awarded to groups who do an outstanding performance.
Taking 77 students and nine adults to New York for three nights this March is an expensive proposition, about $1,119 per student and $1,500 per adult. The trip includes two meals a day, transportation and other activities including a Broadway show and tours of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island.
They might even get to sing at the Statue of Liberty, if the permit is approved, Blake said.
Each student is responsible for expenses, but the music department organized fundraisers throughout the year that allow students to pay their bills down, she said.
The musical variety show “Extravaganza” on Jan. 23 will raise funds and let students, faculty and alumni share their talents with the community.
Blake is still holding auditions for the show, but promises a bit of everything.
“I really rely on the kids coming up with their own acts,” she said.
Her musical theater class will do the opening skit. A dancer will perform, perhaps tap in one number and contemporary in another.
Most of the acts will feature singing and there will be some instrumentalists. After all, she said, the fundraiser is for the choirs. Genres of many types, medieval, classical, jazz and rock will be included.
The show includes students, alumni and present and retired faculty.
A wonderful guitarist and singer who graduated last year is expected and a maybe even a bluegrass band of alumni, Blake said.
The variety show is about the 11th fundraiser the choirs have held this school year. The music department has made it possible for every student who wants to go to be able to afford the trip by scheduling the events, Blake said.
The fundraisers are working. One student raised $600 for her trip by selling vouchers for turkeys. Another chipped away $150 just by selling candy.
“Extravaganza” should raise about $2,000, Blake said. The show will be held Friday, Jan. 23, at 7 p.m. in the high school auditorium. The snow date is Saturday, Jan. 24, at 7 p.m.
Tickets are $4 at the door.
The year’s big fundraiser, Casino Game Night, will be held at Townsend Ridge Country Club on Feb. 28. Information and tickets are available by contacting NMChoirBoosters@gmail.com. Tickets are $40 per person or $70 per couple in advance and $45 per person or $80 per couple at the door.
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