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Somers enchants for third time: Annual Disney sing-along fundraiser coming up

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SOMERS — Students from the Somers High School Musical Company have come together for what will be the third  “Disney in Concert” fundraiser.
The student-run show is being put on by a cast and crew of about 30 students impassioned by the goal of raising money for the spring musical.
"This really allows us fund things for the show like sets,"said senior Michelle Kushner. "I've had such a good experience doing shows here that it's also great to give back to a program that has given me so much."
Kushner, whose older brother started the fundraiser three years ago, has taken the helm of the project this year as co-director, along with senior Aiden Mahoney.
This year's event will feature songs from Aladdin, Frozen, High School Musical and more.
Because its all student-run, students get an opportuntiy to explore avenues they might not normally get to, Mahoney explained, which develops leadership skills and also bulks up resumes in an applicable way. It makes it beneficial to those that participate in theater in more ways than just getting an extra show to be involved with, or getting extra money for productions, he added.
The event is pulled together by many students, most of which are seniors, who according to the event's organizers all work really hard to do so, while juggling other activities.
"All of us are involved in other things as well," senior Sami Davidson said.
They all agreed that the event is a real labor of love.
"It's just a really fun event, kids dress up and get a chance to wear their costumes again before Halloween," Kushner said.
She added that the event is purposely kept on the shorter side, with the consideration that much of the audience members are very young children.
This year’s production will take place at Somers High School from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 26. Tickets are $5 for children (unless they’re in costume), $8 for students and seniors and $10 for adults. For families, the ticket price is capped at $15. All will be available at the door.

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