Having recently conquered Orlando, Florida, the Carroll County High School Chorus will now take its tune “Under the Sea.”
Fresh off winning a national competition over 16 schools from around the United States in Orlando, many members of the CCHS Chorus will take part in a special weekend performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Carroll County High School from April 21-23. CCHS Chorus Director Chandra Harmon said the Cavalier Chorus placed first in its division at the WorldStrides OnStage competition in Orlando.
“We placed first in our division for concert choir 2A. There were 16 schools competing I think, some from California, North Carolina, Kentucky, Alabama, all over the place,” Harmon said. “I’m really proud of the kids. They have worked hard and grown a lot as musicians this year.”
During the trip to Orlando, the CCHS Chorus visited the Kennedy Space Center, went to Universal Studios, Islands of Adventure, Busch Gardens, and more.
“The kids wanted to do some activities in Florida, so we chose to go to this festival this year,” Harmon said. “They had a great time. Busch Gardens was more like a zoo. There were a lot of animals and you could get close to them and see them.”
The Carroll County Chorus has traveled all over the East Coast over the past three years, taking trips to Boston and New York City’s Carnegie Hall the previous two years before the Florida trip. Next year, Harmon said the Chorus will tackle the Midwest with a national competition in Chicago, Illinois.
“It’s a great recruitment tool for us, plus it gives the kids something to see outside of Carroll County,” Harmon said. “The kids do it for the trip, but then they end up sticking around and enjoying it while they are in chorus.”
As for the present, many of the CCHS Chorus members will take part in the performance of Disney’s The Little Mermaid at the high school. Performances of the play are scheduled for Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 at 7 p.m., and on Sunday, April 23 at 2 p.m. Tickets are on sale now for $10 for adults, and $5 for students and children 2 and up. Children under 2 are admitted free. Tickets may be purchased by emailing Harmon at firstname.lastname@example.org or by messaging her at (276) 733-3963.
“It is based on Disney’s version of The Little Mermaid. It is about two hours with a 15-minute intermission,” Harmon said. “It will be like our production of Beauty and the Beast last year, where we will stick to the storyline of the Disney movie.”
Harmon said a total of 45 actors will be part of the play, which will include all the songs from the movie and a few additional tunes. She said the school’s Building Trades’ department built a sailor ship and canoe for The Little Mermaid, while the art department did the backdrop. Also, the CCHS band will be providing music between scene changes.
“We have been working on this for about two months. The high school has a new lighting and sound system that we are excited about,” Harmon said. “It should be a lot of fun. People who like Disney will really enjoy it. I think it will be just as good as the production last year of Beauty and the Beast. Little ones should really enjoy it to see Ariel. Elizabeth Combs is playing Ariel and she is doing such a great job, and Isaac McCraw is playing Prince Eric.”
Allen Worrell can be reached at (276) 779-4062 or on Twitter@AWorrellTCN