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A wildly popular but fictional show choir could benefit a real one in Hardin County with the help of votes.
The newly reorganized show choir at North Hardin High School has submitted a video application for the “Glee” Give a Note competition, which will distribute thousands of dollars to talented and financially-strapped choir programs.
Three winners will receive $50,000 and 12 winners each in the contest’s regions will win $10,000. Schools advance through the first phase of the contest through voting at www.gleegiveanote.com. Voting ends today. The top 100 of each region are evaluated on a financial basis and the quality of the video.
They learned of the competition while watching the Fox show. Choral teacher Beth Root said North Hardin has stayed in the top 100 of their region through the voting process.
“I think we stand a really good chance,” Root said.
The video shows a number of choir members describing their school along with their beliefs about music and the spirit of the school. Member Tatjana Lauterbach said she thought it was a creative way to raise money for the program. Member Aaron House agreed, saying it was a chance to “take our talents and put them in a video.”
Root said she wanted an avenue to show off school spirit at North Hardin as well as a way to gather money for the program for costumes and travel expenses. She didn’t want to ask the students to take part in another fundraiser because they’re members of many other school programs.
And there’s a lot of school pride at North, Root said, and she wanted that to be evident as well.
“I think it’s a good way to do it through the arts,” she said.
It’s been about 20 years since North has had a show choir. The choir has a concert at 7 p.m. Nov. 16 at the Hardin County Schools Performing Arts Center at John Hardin High School, which is another way the program raises money.
Tickets are $1 and can be bought through the school or at the door. They also will perform a musical at the PAC on Feb. 15.
Root expects to know the results of the contest in December.
Kelly Cantrall can be reached at (270) 505-1747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.