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