GM Area Community Choir presents “Hooray for Hollywood”

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By Rick Palsgrove
Groveport Editor

Photo courtesy of the GMACC
Patty Upperman (front) and other members of the Groveport Madison Area Community Choir at a recent rehearsal for the group’s upcoming show, “Hooray for Hollywood.”

There are many talented people in the community and they will be showcased at the upcoming Groveport Madison Area Community Choir show.

The performance, titled “Hooray for Hollywood,” will be held Feb. 26 at 1 p.m. and at 7 p.m. in the Groveport Madison High School auditorium, 4475 S. Hamilton Road, Groveport.

“It was our intent this would be our next show and when it got canceled in 2021 due to the (COVID-19) pandemic we decided why change it? So we kept the title and here we are!” said Groveport Madison Area Community Choir Director Terri Christensen.

The show will feature choir members singing such popular songs as “Hooray for Hollywood,” “Singing in the Rain,” as well as selections from “Grease,” “The Wizard of Oz,” “Mamma Mia” and many more.

The show will be for a live audience only and all persons attending will be required to wear a mask per school guidelines.

“Staging has been different with the pandemic but we’ve done our best to keep all involved safe,” said Christensen. “Some (performers) still will be wearing masks to perform and we’ll have a special tribute to the difficulties everyone has been through the last couple years.”

Some of the challenges the group has faced rehearsing during the pandemic have included social distancing and wearing masks.

“We have actually livestreamed all of our rehearsals as well as having in person practice,” said Christensen. “Last September and October we actually met outside at the Lutheran Church for practice. Once we were granted usage of the high school for rehearsals we met there and distanced. On stage, distancing has proven to be difficult but we are doing the best we can and the choir has been amazing about adhering to the rules.”

Christensen said a lot of time and effort go into producing a show of this magnitude.

“The choir and volunteers put in countless hours preparing music, staging the production, building sets and props, procuring and making costumes and lots of other things,” said Christensen. “We also have a child care provider at every rehearsal and during the shows we have a child care team. There is a family who takes care of providing a huge meal between shows for the cast and crew every year. Ten lobby volunteers are also part of the team. All of the above teams are strictly volunteers! Also, without the cooperation of the Groveport Madison School District we could not do this.”

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“We’ve been around for many years but this is our seventh big show,” said Christensen. “While we did not do the big show in 2021 (due to the COVID-19 pandemic) we did many virtual shows in cooperation with Groveport Town Hall. These shows can be found on YouTube. We are down in numbers this year due to the pandemic, but still strong at 55 members with 25 volunteers helping behind the scenes. In addition to the 55 adults we have 14 kids this year and several new members.”

Christensen said an organization like the Groveport Madison Area Community Choir is good for the community because it brings people of all backgrounds together to create a “family.”

“We are all different, we have different beliefs, different opinions, different races, we are all individuals but at the end of the day we are family,” said Christensen. “We come together and give back to the community in the way of entertainment, service to others, and helping our fellow man through charitable donations. We love each other and we love our community.”

Tickets and information
Tickets are: $10 adult and $5 for children age 12 and under. The ticket order form is online under “Buy Tickets” at gmcommunitychoir.org/buy-tickets.html. You can also call Jeannie at 614-507-8022 or send an email to GMACCTickets@gmail.com.

People can join the Groveport Madison Area Community Choir by visiting its website at www.gmcommunitychoir.org or emailing gmcommunitychoir@gmail.com.

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