“Out of the Blue,” Ottawa-Glandorf High School’s show choir, rehearses Neil Diamond’s “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show,” which they will perform for the 20th annual Dinner Theater, April 3-6. (Putnam Sentinel/Becky Leader)
“Out of the Blue,” Ottawa-Glandorf High School’s show choir, rehearses Neil Diamond’s “Brother Love’s Traveling Salvation Show,” which they will perform for the 20th annual Dinner Theater, April 3-6. (Putnam Sentinel/Becky Leader)

OTTAWA — Ottawa-Glandorf High School’s choir department will be hosting the 20th Annual Dinner Theater on April 3-6, and will feature favorite songs from years past. “The original theme was ‘Play it Again, Sam,’” grinned chorale director Ted Ellerbrock, “but the boosters changed it to ‘Play it Again, Ted!’”

Seniors Riley Alexander and Harris Reinstedler are both actively involved with Dinner Theater.

“Dinner Theater gets people to come out of their shells more,” Alexander explained. “It’s something fun to do outside the classroom. We actually interact with other students and with the audience.” “It’s a great opportunity for kids to reach out and make new friends,” Reinstedler added. “ Kids can be who they want to be, and maybe show off a little bit.”

Both young men have solo performances; Alexander will sing “The Music of the Night” from Phantom of the Opera, while Reinstedler will croon Billy Joel’s “For the Longest Time.” They will also take the stage with the show choir, “Out of the Blue,” Chorale, and the Men’s Chorus.

Alexander has been involved with singing since he was a toddler. His first public performance was a karaoke contest at the Putnam County Fair.

“I nailed it,” he laughed, “or at least that’s what my parents told me!” Alexander plans to major in musical theater at either Ball State University or Ohio Northern University.

While Reinstedler has been singing publicly since the fourth grade with the Sts. Peter and Paul Church Choir, he said his musical performances are probably nearing the end. He plans to attend the University of Cincinnati and major in mechanical engineering. “I don’t think there’s much singing in mechanical engineering,” he lamented.

The over three hundred students who are involved in the school’s choral music programs have been rehearsing their musical numbers since January.

“Mr. Ellerbrock does a great job with all his choirs,” Reinstedler acknowledged. “He puts so much time into dinner theater, picking songs for people to make sure they are the best they can be.”

The Choir Boosters also play an important part in the Dinner Theater. They organize the parents who volunteer to create backdrops, serve meals, set up, and clean up. Approximately 50 parents are on hand each night to ensure the event runs smoothly. Henry’s Restaurant is catering this year’s meal. Both adult and child meals will be available. “People should just come!” Alexander encouraged. “We are going to sing songs people have liked throughout the years!”

The OGHS Art Department will also hold an art show, featuring students’ objets d’art, during the Dinner Theater.

 

story created on Thursday 2/27/2014 at 5:15:38 pm by Anne Coburn-Griffis
story modified on Tuesday 3/11/2014 at 8:31:30 pm by Kirk Dougal