Chamber Singers roll out the red carpet
By DIANE GASPER-O'BRIEN
Hays High School hopes to roll out the red carpet for nearly a thousand guests next week.
HHS Chamber Singers is hosting its 23rd annual dinner show, "A Night on the Red Carpet," on May 3, 4 and 5 in Gym B at the school.
Seating will begin at 6:15 p.m., with dinner served at 6:30. Tickets can be purchased until 4 p.m. Friday by calling the school at (785) 623-2600 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The $18 ticket not only gives guests a night of entertainment by the select vocal and performance group at Hays High but also a catered meal from Gutierrez Mexican Restaurant.
Johnny Matlock, director of vocal music at Hays High, said capacity is 300 guests each night.
The 24 Chamber Singers have been practicing two, and sometimes three, times daily since spring break. Starting Sunday, they also will practice every night as well.
And Matlock said they're ready to perform.
"It's a lot of work, and we get so much help from tons of parents," Matlock said. "Once you get it all set up, it's a lot of fun. And we get to have fun three times."
It will be the final dinner show for more than half of this year's singers, as 13 are seniors.
"We have a great senior group this year," Matlock said.
Members of this year's Chamber Singers are:
Seniors -- Aaron Cunningham, Lane Martin, Josh McGinnis, Jake Nelson, Nick Nolte, Max Walker, Travis Wright.
Juniors -- Spencer Greathouse, Dustin Mulkey, Preston Ryan, Charlie Stieben.
Sophomores -- Nick Overbey.
Seniors -- Kaycee Beilman, Kiley Dinkel, Shante Korbe, Aubrey McGinnis, Ashley Nease, Madeline Trout.
Juniors -- Ashly Arthur, Delphine Burns, Anna Hickert.
Sophomores -- Molly Barnett, Shelby Matlock, Megan Zeman.