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You Tube gets choir an Epcot gig

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By Joshua Shepherd

 

Auditions?!

Harrison County High School Choir don’t need no auditions. 

A You Tube video was all it took to get an invitation to sing at the celebrated Disney Candlelight Processional at Epcot Center this December.

This will be the third time that a version of the high school choir has participated in the Disney holiday event. But how the 2013 choir got its invitation was a different kind of experience, according to choir director Michelle Hassall. 

Usually, organizers of the event require that choirs send an audition video before being invited to participate.

The audition video the choir submitted, however, developed a glitch, Hassall said. Organizers contacted her and asked if another copy could be sent. Hassall told them it would be no problem. However, she also suggested that the Disney folks review You Tube videos that the choir had recently posted of local performances.

“They called me back and said to forget the audition. They wanted us to come,” Hassall said.

The only obstacle the choir has to overcome now is the fundraising needed to get to Florida, Hassall said.

Fundraising has been going well so far, Hassall said, but it  is still short a few thousand dollars. The choir hopes to make up the last bit by hosting the Disney Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 26, at the new stadium on the Hilltop.

Students will be dressed as Disney characters and will host games, a garage sale called Ariel’s Trinkets, a Princess Make-up Party, among many other events.

The event will also feature a 3K Glow Run and plenty of food from local vendors. The first 50 people through the door will receive a free t-shirt, so make plans to attend this special event, Hassall urged.

The Candlelight Processional is celebrated throughout the holiday season at the Epcot World Showcase park. Beginning on Black Friday and continuing through New Year’s Eve, the processional is a typical Disney extravanganza featuring music and a celebrity narrator reading the story of Christ’s birth.

For the choirs that participate, the experience is no vacation. The choirs are usually composed of about 300 singers and the processional performs before crowds at 5, 6:45, and 8:15 p.m. each evening.

Provided all goes well with the fundraising effort, the Harrison County Choir will perform on Dec. 6 and 7. The celebrity narrator will be Whoopie Goldberg.

Interestingly, considering that Harrison County is a Kentucky choir, the students will miss backing up Bluegrass-born actress Ashley Judd. Judd will be making her debut as a narrator for the Candelight Processional in the two days prior to those when Harrison County performs.