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Behind the Scenes: Moline High School Musical Children's Chorus

Updated: Feb 19, 2013 09:50 PM CST

The NBC hit show 'Smash' returned with a new episode this week. But, even as the drama continues to unfold on the TV screen, Moline High School students continue to work toward opening night of their spring musical production.

So do the youngsters who make up its Children's Chorus.

They have big voices for such little bodies.

In fact, they're so little there are quite a few shoes that don't quite touch the floor when these guys sit in the 'big kids' chairs inside the high school's choral room.

It's common to see them swinging their feet happily, to the beat of the music, as they rehearse their parts for Moline High School's upcoming production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".

"The kids have such joy when they sing, and that's what we're trying to tap into is that joy," said Ron May, Director of Choral Activities for the high school and Director/Producer for this production.

No doubt, they have a lot of fun:

"I just really like it," said one member of the Children's Chorus, Lillian Cobert.

That said, it is certainly not always easy.

"They're young; their attention spans are short.; they don't read music," May explained.

Those aren't the only challenges they face, either.

"When I first came in here, I was a little nervous," Cobert said, "because I get a little bit nervous in front of people."

Cobert, a second grader, says she is also a little nervous about how it will go when the Children's Chorus begins rehearsing with the full cast of high school students in just a couple of weeks.

That's where Kylie VandeVoort comes in.

"I like to be a help to them. They're sweet kids and I just want them to have a really good experience with this," said VandeVoort, who has been assigned the role of 'Children's Chorus Manager'.

The Moline High School sophomore will be at every rehearsal with the children - and back stage during the shows - to make sure everything is just right.

She says her job is very rewarding.

"They're all really talented, and they're really cute," she said, "and it's fun to watch them."

It's also going to be fun to watch how far they come between now and opening night on March 14.

With opening night less than a month away, there's still a lot of work to be done. Next time, we'll take you 'Behind the Scenes' again, as the set-building gets underway in earnest.


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