High school choirs eager to be star attraction

WESTFIELD — As space flight continues to capture the spirit and drive of mankind, the Westfield High School choirs plan to take concertgoers on an out-of-this-world musical adventure on Oct. 21.

The 18th annual Fall Fest Pasta Dinner and Show — billed as “Rocketmen” — begins at 6:30 p.m. in the school’s cafe-auditorium.

“The title ‘Rocketmen’ refers to the genre of music, meaning, it’s all about space,” said Korey Bruno, director of choral activities.

Camille Bruno, a sophomore at Westfield High School, reviews dance steps with members of the Show Choir. (KOREY BRUNO/SUBMITTED)

Students in the production include members of the Chorus (freshmen or first-year chorus members), the Concert Choir, and the Show Choir (an audition group). Camille Bruno, a sophomore and the seventh Bruno family member to participate in the choir, has assisted her mother with the choreography.

“COVID really hasn’t impacted us as much as you might think,” said Bruno. “It is a nuisance to be masked while singing. We are constantly sucking in the mask to breathe in and it gets even warmer than usual.”

Featured songs will range from “We Built This City” by Starship, “Skyfall,” by Adele, and “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” from the film “Guardians of the Galaxy,” to “Rocketman” from the “Rocketman” soundtrack. Additionally, songs to be performed include “Heaven is a Place on Earth,” “The Final Countdown” and “Come Sail Away.”

The evening begins with a pasta dinner, featuring ziti with meat sauce, meatballs, salad and rolls, catered by The Tavern Restaurant.

Tickets are $12 per person and can be reserved by sending an email to Bruno at [email protected], or by purchasing tickets at DeGray’s Service on Meadow Street. Cash or checks made out to the “WHS Choir” will be accepted.

“Tickets can be purchased up to the performance,” said Bruno, adding, “All of the money raised goes toward our operating expenses which includes a spring competition/festival.”

Bruno noted that commemorative Rocketmen T-shirts will also be available for $15.

For more information on the event, call Westfield High at 413-572-6463.

“The choirs are extremely excited to perform in front of an audience,” said Bruno, noting last year, the only audience the students had was during graduation ceremonies.

“We actually performed three of our four concert seasons last year, including winter/holiday, mid-winter cabaret, spring, competition, and graduation,” said Bruno. “Everything else was recorded in our auditorium. It was like we sang for dress rehearsals but never got the chance to be live with that electricity.”

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