Glee Club presents its first Christmas program
by Rachel Davis
Dec 17, 2011 | 1085 views | 0 0 comments | 5 5 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Nicholas Rizzo, a member of the Sumiton Glee Club, sings “Do You Hear What I Hear” during the concert.
Nicholas Rizzo, a member of the Sumiton Glee Club, sings “Do You Hear What I Hear” during the concert.
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SUMITON — The sounds of Christmas filled the Sumiton Elementary/Middle School gym Friday afternoon as the school’s newly-formed Glee Club took centerstage to perform classic Christmas songs and carols. The 25 members of Dora High School’s concert band accompanied the singers.

One of the Glee Club’s sponsors, Shirley Britt, said that during a conversation with the school’s principal, Paige Skalnik, they were “batting around ideas,” and agreed that music was being neglected in the school and the area in general.

“We wanted something to appeal to the students who are not sports players, who are artistically inclined and want to express themselves through music,” Britt said.

That’s exactly why eighth-grader Kaytlin Wright got involved in the Glee Club.

“We all wanted to express how we felt through singing,” Wright said.

Britt and her co-sponsor, Amanda Faught, practice with the Glee Club every Tuesday after school. They are also joined by Britt’s husband, Steve, who is the minister of music at Mount Vernon Baptist Church in Jasper.

“We get them started and he kind of polishes them up,” Britt said.

There are 32 students, grades fourth through eighth in the Glee Club. Organizers and school officials hope that the club will continue to grow in numbers, as well as talent. The students seem to enjoy performing in front of the school and community.

“We all wanted to share our talent with other people,” sixth-grader Rachel Zettl added.

And, although sometimes the practices can be tough, the girls all agreed that it was mostly a fun experience.

“It’s fun to get to go in there and learn new songs and sing with your friends,” eighth-grader Kiana Parsons said.

Before the Glee Club took over the program, Skalnik announced to the parents and students assembled that the eighth grade had donated a record-setting $415 to provide stuffed stockings for the school’s Headstart class.

“It’s a tradition,” eighth-grade teacher Teresa Bradford said. “We do it every year, but this year the goal was just $200.”

Bradford said the Beta Club is also getting in on the holiday cheer, and will donate time to the Salvation Army as bell ringers for the charity’s annual fundraiser outside Sumiton Walmart.