The Ottawa-Glandorf Show Choir, “Out of the Blue,” rehearses “Hallelujah, I Just Love Her So” in preparation for the 2017 dinner theater. Pictured from left are: Jake Schriner, Mariah Schroeder, Gage Hoehne, and Ann Samuelson. (Putnam Sentinel/Becky Leader)
The Ottawa-Glandorf Show Choir, “Out of the Blue,” rehearses “Hallelujah, I Just Love Her So” in preparation for the 2017 dinner theater. Pictured from left are: Jake Schriner, Mariah Schroeder, Gage Hoehne, and Ann Samuelson. (Putnam Sentinel/Becky Leader)
OTTAWA—Want a delicious catered meal and some local top-notch entertainment? You can- “Just Duet!”

The twenty-third Ottawa-Glandorf Choral Music Department Dinner Theater, under the direction of Ted Ellerbrock, will feature numerous duets. The performance will take place on April 7, 8, and 9, at the Robert J Hermiller Gymnasium. “We want to keep the pace of the show moving,” Ellerbrock explained of his decision for this year’s theme. “You will see the kids collaborate. There is more musical theater, which will hold the audience’s attention.”

Seniors Brooke Beach and Gage Hoehne, both of whom are four-year members of the choral music program, believe this will be the best dinner theater ever.

“This year will be unique, because there are no solos,” Brooke related. “We are all working together on duets. There is more acting, and we are able to cover more genres of music.”

Gage affirmed, “It is a great way for people in the community to be exposed to the talent we have at O-G. There is different music, including singing, acting and dancing.”

Brooke added, “It is a nice representation of all the hard work we do. We look forward to this all year along. It is nice for people to come and support us. We had many more people try out this year.”

Hoehne became interested in music because of his parents’ love for it. “They encouraged it and I really wanted to try it myself. We have a musical family,” he noted. He is also a member of the OGHS instrumental music program.

Beach has been involved in solo and ensemble contests since she was young. In addition to the OGHS choral program, she is also a member of the all-county choir and “Out of the Blue,” the school’s show choir. “It was a huge thing in eighth grade; we all wanted to be in show choir,” she recalled. “That’s why we have a huge group this year.”

Brooke’s favorite song this year is “Hallelujah, I Just Love Her So.” “It is a happy, upbeat song, and we get to use different props,” she described. “Sometimes, we have done a song before, but I like seeing how different people bring unique personalities to the performance.”

Gage, who is also an “Out of the Blue” member and a county choir member, said he has enjoyed working with different people during his four dinner theater experiences. Each duo or group can rehearse according to their need and schedule. “You can practice as much as you want,” he disclosed. “You choose when you practice.”

Approximately 250 students will participate in the event.