WVHS Chorus Rehearses “A Little Night Music”
Some of the Proceeds Earmarked for Local Flood Relief
By Rick Hiduk
A concert planned for Saturday, Nov. 19, and sponsored by the Wyalusing Valley High School Senior Chorus, will feature a variety of musicians and musical styles. “A Little Night Music,” which is a fundraiser for the chorus and for local flood relief efforts, will be held in the auditorium at Wyalusing Valley High School (WVHS), starting at 7:30 p.m.
In addition to the senior chorus, the vocal jazz ensemble Early Morning Jazz, the Wyalusing Swing Choir, and guest alumnus performers Jamie Wilcox and Andrew Adamietz—both past presidents of the WVHS senior chorus—will lend their respective talents to the program.
According to chorus director Carol Madill, the senior chorus’s varied repertoire will include a rendition of “Africa,” a song popularized by the rock group Toto in 1983; “Mambo Italiano,” which was a pop hit for both Rosemary Clooney and Perry Como in 1954; Queen’s “Somebody to Love;” and “Proud,” the theme song from television’s “Biggest Loser.” “Mambo” will feature a solo by Katie Prichard, while Connor Dietz, Mitchell Pickett, and Adam Brigham will be featured on “Proud.” Members of the Wyalusing Swing Choir will join the chorus on “Somebody to Love” and will also perform a number of songs without the students.
Early Morning Jazz will be accompanied by drummer Adam Woodruff. The ensemble’s repertoire will include “Doin’ it A Capella,” a rendition of Norah Jones’s 2003 Grammy winner “Don’t Know Why,” and the jazz standard “All of Me.” A highlight of the set by Early Morning Jazz will be a salsa arrangement of “Happy Together,” which will feature vocals by Katie Prichard, Liz Keeney, and Kirstyn Ballard.
“It’s got a nice little twist,” Madill said of the song made popular by the Turtles in 1967. “It’s pretty cool, and the kids love it.”
Madill explained that the annual fundraiser dates back to 2003, when the student vocalists needed to raise money to participate in a choral workshop at Mansfield University. Initial programs were part dinner theater and part variety show, and Madill related that all of the programs have a less formal air than other concerts.
“There’s a lot of give-and-take between the performers and the audience,” she remarked. “It’s a lot of fun.” Madill noted that the tradition of the students earning their seats for the bus trip to Mansfield each year was eventually paired with the popular custom of inviting former chorus members to join them on stage.
Wilcox is a 2009 WVHS graduate, who is now in her junior year at Penn State University, where she is studying science with a life science option. She grew up in New Albany and is the daughter of Randy and Sherri Wilcox. At Penn State, Jamie is involved with the a capella group Blue in the Face, THON, the Blue and White Society, and the Pre-Physician Assistant Club. During breaks from school, she works as a certified nurse aide at Darway Elder Care Rehabilitation Center in Forksville. After graduation from Penn State, she intends to seek her master’s degree as a physician attendant.
Adamietz graduated from WVHS in 2010 and is now studying secondary English education with a minor in theater at Penn State University. He is the son of George Adamietz of Wyalusing and Peggy Frapp. Like Jamie, Andrew is also active in Blue in the Face and THON, as well as the Penn State Thespians and the Pulsera Project. As a member of Blue in the Face, Andrew is preparing to compete in the International Competition of Collegiate A Capella.
This is the first year that the chorus will share their proceeds with the community. The flood disrupted the start of the school year, but many WVHS students united to respond to the needs of residents and businesses to clean up and move forward.
“Seeing what people had gone through, especially right here in Wyalusing, we felt a need to give back to the community,” Madill stated, adding that several chorus members were directly impacted by the flooding.
Tickets for “A Little Night Music” are currently on sale at $6 each and can be purchased by calling WVHS at 570-746-1218. Any remaining tickets will be available at the door on the night of the show.