SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ - South Plainfield’s High School Chamber Choir performed onstage at Radio City Music Hall before the Radio City Christmas Spectacular starring the famous Rockettes on Nov. 30th.
“It was a day to remember for the rest of our lives,” said Dr. Donna Kregler, Director of Choral Activities for SPHS. “The view of the Music Hall was outstanding. The students sang their hearts out and loved the experience!”
“As soon as we walked out onstage, my heart dropped because of how beautiful the view was,” said Senior Isabella Rochford. “This was such a great experience, especially since I’m a complete theater nerd. Performing at Radio City Music Hall was really a dream come true. Even though we were only up there for five minutes, it was the most magical five minutes ever!”
Tension was high as the students nervously waited backstage before their performance on the very spot that countless performers have anxiously waited for the curtain to part since the theater opened in 1932. When they received their cue, the students took their places on stage and performed with grace, their voices ringing through the elegant atmosphere of the theater as they sang “Carol of the Bells” and “We Wish You a Merry Christmas.”
“That moment was one of the best ones in my high school years, and for me, it's something I'm going to cherish for the rest of my life,” said Junior Scott Cardona. “It was a blast singing with all my friends.”
“It’s something I’ll remember years from now,” said Freshman RachelAnn Fallet. “When I get to tell people I performed at Radio City Music Hall. It’s one of the things I’ll remember as one of my favorite high school memories.”
“I could not believe I was standing on such a famous stage, I felt as though I was going to faint,” said Freshman Kaitlyn Baskiewicz. “It was such an amazing opportunity and I’m glad I took it! It is something I’ll remember years from now.”
The forty-four students of the SPHS Chamber Choir were required to submit recordings of their voices to the show’s producers before they could officially be accepted to sing at Radio City Music Hall before an audience of 6,000 people.
“To be granted this amazing opportunity is a dream come true, as performing on a stage such as that is every performer’s wish,” said Junior Gabriella Lippel. “As soon as I stepped on the stage, my heart skipped a beat, as the sight was just magnificent.”
“It was a wonderful experience and I am truly happy that I joined Chamber Choir this year,” said Freshman Shannon Csordos. “To be on such a famous stage was amazing and I loved being on it with all my friends by my side. I will never forget the two songs we sang and the feeling of all those people watching us.”
After the students performed, they took seats in the audience to watch The Radio City Christmas Spectacular show come to life. The lighting crew, stage crew, and audio technicians worked together to create the atmosphere of fantasy and wonder of the season. The experience of seeing the professional pit orchestra and performers on the very stage that the students had also performed on just moments before was inspirational for the young singers, according to Dr. Kregler.
“Truly an excellent production,” said Senior Diego Murillo. “I love how there were aspects of the production that you really had to look for to see. The amount of time and effort put into this production is astounding. Performing on that stage is an honor that I will cherish forever.”
“As someone who has never been to a production of this size, it was truly a majestic and awe inspiring performance to be a part of,” said Senior Dayana Velasco. “I am so incredibly thrilled to have seen this production and am ecstatic that I got to spend it with my fellow chamber choir members. Radio City is something I will cherish and never forget in my life.”
“It was a wonderful performance and experience with fellow classmates to perform on the stage of Radio City,” said Sophomore Gianna Ruzicka. “It will be a memory we will always remember.”
“I will be forever thankful for the opportunity to perform in the Radio City Music Hall with all of my closest friends,” said Senior Hailey Medina. “It is something I’ll never forget!”
The entire experience left the students of the SPHS Chamber Choir awestruck with memories that will last a lifetime.
“I am blessed that I got to share an amazing experience with all of my friends in the Music Department,” said Freshman Kristina Shaw. “Being able to stand on the stage and sing out to hundreds of people was so surreal. When exiting the stage, my heart was beating so fast due to the amazing thing I had just done. I will forever cherish this moment.”
“I was very proud of these hard-working, talented individuals,” added Kregler. “As Alicia Keys states, ‘Concrete jungle where dreams are made of, there's nothing you can't do. Now you're in New York! These streets will make you feel brand new, big lights will inspire you. Hear it for New York, New York, New York!’”