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DANVILLE Both North Ridge show choirs will head to Nashville this spring to perform in a prestigious national competition at the Grand Ole Opry.
North Ridge’s Red Coats and Radiant Reds show choirs are set to compete in March at the Show Choir Nationals, but need to raise funds to offset the cost of the trip and the accommodations.
Fundraising efforts to help finance the trip for the 100 performers will kick off Saturday, Sept. 16, with “A Night at The Opry,” a dinner theater production at the Beef House Banquet Center, Covington, Ind., featuring the music of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline performed by Logan Kirby, Kena Clark and friends. EDT. EDT. The dinner menu includes barbecue, baked beans, cole slaw, potato salad, rolls, dessert and tea or lemonade. EDT.
Tickets are $30 per person for general admission, and $45 per person for reserved VIP front row tables. VIP seats are limited. Tickets are available from Choral Director Jennifer Woodrow at North Ridge Middle School by calling 444 3476.
Logan Kirby, a Westville High School graduate, has been playing the guitar and singing since he was 7 years old. He is a local country music singer and impersonator. His biggest influences include Hank Williams, Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. Local audiences will recognize him from his appearance as Johnny Cash in the “Million Dollar Quartet” at the Beef House Dinner Theatre in summer 2016.
Clark, a Milford resident, has appeared five times as Patsy Cline in the musical, “Always, Patsy Cline,” twice with sold out runs at the Beef House Dinner Theatre. She performs from the heart just the way Patsy did. Clark recently appeared as the disco singing Sister Mary in “DISASTER!” at the Beef House Dinner Theatre.
“When we asked for help,
Logan and Kena stepped up,” Woodrow said. “Logan is going to do a set as Johnny Cash and a set as Hank Williams.”
Woodrow said she has the most North Ridge students interested in show choir this year than she’s ever had, with 50 Red Coat members and 50 Radiant Red members.
She would like to raise $17,000 to cover the $8,000 cost of two charter buses and to give $100 to each show choir member to help defray the cost of the trip.
“It is going to cost each show choir member $400 for accommodations and the privilege of competing,” she said. “I promised to raise $100 per kid, because we’ve never charged the kids more than $300 to participate in a competition.”
Woodrow called the competition a “premiere event” that will be attended by close to 2,000 show choir members from Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, Alabama, California, Connecticut, Mississippi and Nebraska. The last time a North Ridge show choir participated in the event was in 2009.
“It’s the most prestigious of all the national competitions,” she said. “This also will be the Radiant Reds’ first time to Nashville.”
The Redcoats’ performance will entail retelling the “Jungle Book” with rock n’ roll tunes, while the Radiant Reds will tell the tale of a waitress who dreams of becoming a dancer with songs by Sara Bareilles and Meghan Trainor and from the shows “Chorus Line” and “Fame.”
“A Night at The Opry” a dinner theater production at the Beef House Banquet Center, Covington, Ind., is set for Saturday, Sept. 16, featuring the music of Hank Williams, Johnny Cash and Patsy Cline performed by Logan Kirby, Kena Clark and friends. EST. EST. EST. Tickets are $30 per person for general admission, and $45 per person for reserved VIP front row tables. VIP seats are limited. Tickets are available from Choral Director Jennifer Woodrow at North Ridge Middle School by calling 444 3476.