Forty-three singers from Corry Area Middle-High School will have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to perform in front of an audience of more than 6,000 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The students, who are in grades seven through 12, will perform on Saturday, Nov. 16, as an opening act for a 66th annual Christmas Spectacular, featuring the Rockettes.
"The kids are so excited," said Kim Smrcka, music director for Corry Area Middle-High School. "Most adults don't get an opportunity to sing at a world renowned venue, so for our students to have this opportunity is exciting. Six thousand people is like performing for the population of Corry."
The singing opportunity is being made possible by Jim Wojcicehowski, owner of Corry Travel who has worked with Radio City Music Hall for several years while coordinating bus trips.
In 2017, the hall began inviting singing groups from across the world to perform an opening number for performances of its annual Christmas Spectacular. Wojcicehowski looked into the opportunity and secured a spot in 2018 for a group of 44 singers from Clymer Central School to perform last December.
For 2019, Wojcicehowski was able to secure a second date — in addition to the Corry student singers commitment — for a group of local residents who make up a Corry Community Christmas Choir to perform on Saturday, Dec. 14, at the same venue.
Smrcka said she has not yet selected a song for the student performance, but will be making a selection this week.
"We will sing a cappella and it will be something upbeat," she said.
In an effort to raise money and pay for the cost of the trip, students will be holding several upcoming fundraisers with the first one taking place on Friday in the middle-high school cafeteria.
The event will take place from 5 to 7 p.m and will be a spaghetti dinner fundraiser. Cost is $10 for adults, $7 for children ages 12 and under and $7 for senior citizens.
Meal will include spaghetti and meatballs, salad, bread, dessert and a drink.
Takeout will be available until 7 p.m., which is also kickoff time for a home Corry Beavers football game.
Smrcka said additional fundraisers are being planned, including a sub sale (choir students will have order forms) with food being delivered on Oct. 7, a breakfast fundraiser on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 7 to 9 a.m. at the VFW in Corry and an America's Got Talent style show on Tuesday, Nov. 5 in the school auditorium. The talent show will award prizes and there will be a gift auction held.