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WNCC Spring Gala welcomes audience back to live performances

WNCC Spring Gala welcomes audience back to live performances

Western Nebraska Community College Performing & Visual Arts program will host its first live performance in over a year with the 31t Annual Spring Gala “A Lotta Fight Left in Me,” on March 26-27, at the Gering Civic Center. 

From the beginning of the semester, the students in the WNCC Varsity Vocalise and Collegiate Chorale and Vocal Music Instructor Dr. Patrick Newell had been hoping to do live performances. Since the Covid Pandemic, the students have been doing their performances as virtual events on Youtube and their Facebook page. It is how Newell envisioned the spring gala with five or six videos for the performance. 

“Then in early February, athletics started to go live,” he said. “Once I found out they were having spectators at 50 percent capacity, I thought now we can do a live gala. I waited until the end of February to tell the students, and they just became so excited to have the opportunity to put everything on the stage live.”

Newell and the students have learned how to continue to be a choir, even with the pandemic’s restriction.

“We have masks that are made to bring everything away from our mouth and our jaw so we can open our mouth without moving around so much,” he said.

The Spring Gala will include songs such as “Stronger” from the Broadway musical Finding Neverland, “A Thousand Years” written for The Twilight Saga, and classical selections by contemporary composers Kyle Pederson and André Thomas. The program will be filled out by soloists from the choirs and include songs from the Broadway Musicals A Chorus Line, Spring Awakening, and Catch Me If You Can.

Performances and dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m., March 26-27, with doors opening for a social hour at 6 p.m. For those who prefer to stay home, a live stream of each performance will be available starting at 6:30 p.m., and to-go meals will be available at the Gering Civic Center at 6 p.m.

The audience is asked to observe social distancing protocols and masking before and after dinner. The choir will be masked during performances, although soloists will be unmasked. 

Tickets are on sale for $30, which includes dinner and the show.  Meals to-go are $24 and can be picked up at the Gering Civic Center’s front entrance at 6 p.m. Tickets must be purchased by Wednesday, March 25. To purchase tickets or access the live stream, visit go.wncc.edu/gala21 or call the Kelley Bean Box Office at 308-635-6192.

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