They’re going to Disney World!
Members of the Warren County High School choir will be spreading holiday cheer in Orlando, Fla., this year as part of the Candlelight Processional at Epcot Center. WCHS students will be performing 14 songs during two shows set for Dec. 19 at 6:45 p.m. and 8:15 p.m.
“We had to send in a video audition to Disney and we were accepted on our first try,” said WCHS choir director Kennette Dixon. “Learning the 14 songs has been a challenge, especially with one song in French and one in German. It should be a great experience. That’s one of the busiest weekends of the year for Disney.”
While there are around 200 students in the WCHS choir, this is a select group of 45 students who had to audition in the spring to be included. At Epcot Center, they will join other singers, a 50-piece orchestra, and a celebrity guest narrator to convey the story of Christmas.
The Candlelight Processional is held at Epcot’s American Gardens Theater, an open-air venue. This year’s Candlelight Processional begins Nov. 27 and runs through Dec. 30. The shows have become tremendously popular and Disney tells guests they can expect a wait of several hours for the first-come, first-served seats.
Among the 14 songs the WCHS students will be performing are “Shout for Joy,” “O Come All Ye Faithful,” “Away in A Manger,” and “O Holy Night.”
“We’ve been practicing every Sunday night and some during the day at lunch,” said Dixon.
Choir, now in its fourth year back on the WCHS curriculum, has gained in popularity. There were 60 students who took choir the first year, but that number jumped to 150 in year two. Now in its fourth year, there are about 200 students in choir.
“It gives kids who don’t play sports something to do, although we do have kids who play sports too,” said Dixon.
For anyone eager to hear the entire WCHS choir in action, it will be singing Dec. 10 at Park Theater for Sounds of the Season. Dixon said the performance serves as the choir’s biggest fundraiser of the year.