At 7:30 p.m. April 12 a performance will take place at Woods Chapel United Methodist Church, 5725 N.E. Lakewood Way, Lee’s Summit. Tickets are $10 each or $6 for students and seniors while children 5 and younger are free.
This is the fifth year the show’s proceeds will benefit the Kansas City Ronald McDonald House, which provides free housing for families whose seriously ill children are being treated at nearby Children’s Mercy Hospital. For eight years, the chorale donated about $28,000 in spring show proceeds to Habitat for Humanity.
Chorale members will be in yet-to-be-determined tropical garb while the show’s long-time emcee, Kansas City radio personality Dick Wilson, will be dressed as a pirate and his narrator lingo will match. Wilson has emceed the shows for years and does so for free, even mentioning the show on air.
Johnson said while “community colleges aren’t known for great ensembles,” her group differs because of pairing the anchor singers found in the community with the “freshness” of students coming and going. The 40-member chorale accepts members by audition and has even been known to include several family groups. Community members pay $25 per semester to sing with the group while students pay for one hour of tuition and receive college credit.