Moriah choir eyes Disney World trip

PORTHENRY-The Moriah Central School women's choir is going to Disney World.

The choir has been selected to perform at Disney in Orlando, Fla., next year as part of the Disney Performing Arts Program.

"Our group had to send in an application along with a recorded audition for review," April Reeder, choir director, said. "About a week later, we were able to tell the girls they had made it, and what a moment that was. It was like that scene out of 'Extreme Home Makeover' when they move the bus and the family goes crazy.  The girls were cheering, jumping, crying...it was incredible."

The Moriah women's choir features 25 students in grades 7 to 12. As part of the Disney Performing Arts Program, the Moriah singers will travel to Disney World and perform on stage for visitors to the theme park.

"This will be a wonderful opportunity for them to share their talents with others, and will help reaffirm in them the idea that dreaming big and working hard often go hand in hand," Reeder said. "It will also go a long way in helping them develop positive self worth and belief in the abilities they hold within them.  I couldn't be prouder."

The performance at Disney will require a lot of rehearsals - and money. The Moriah choir must raise about $28,000 to cover the costs of the trip.

"As exciting as it is, this is a huge undertaking," Reeder said. "We need to raise around $28,000 to get everyone on the plane."

Fund raising for the trip will begin Sunday, June 26, with a bottle drive. Other fund raising events are being planned. The choir will also accept donations. Donations can be sent to Moriah Central School at 39 Viking Lane, Port Henry 12974. Checks can be made to Moriah Central School with chorus listed on the memo line.

The Moriah choir decided to audition for the Disney program after hearing about it from students at Lake Placid Central School.

"We discovered about the Disney Performing Arts Program through another local school which had participated a couple times in the past 10 years," Reeder said. "This sparked interest among my girls, and after researching I decided it was something the girls should pursue.  The Disney Performing Arts Program is designed to give school performing groups the opportunity to perform on a Disney stage"

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