Students to perform on TV
Several young students from Rector will be putting a modern twist on the classic tradition of Christmas caroling.
A talented group of singers will be bringing holiday cheer to the masses this week, as they perform several favorite Christmas songs on television. Led by the musical direction of Judy Hargrave, a group consisting of Rector fifth, sixth and seventh graders will sing live on the KAIT Midday local news program running from 11 to 11:30 a.m. this Thursday.
"We're very excited about this," Hargrave said. "I've never had anything like this happen."
The invitation to perform came as a surprise. Hargrave received a call from the station during class, asking if she and her students would be interested in participating in a show featuring Rector and two other schools. The girls will be performing outdoors, from the station's Barton's Weather Deck during the broadcast. The group will also be interviewed by reporter Bob Snell.
The group will be made up of 14 girls, most of who recently performed in the drama department's production of 'Seussical, Jr.' Members of the group are Kylee Beshears, Breanna Benson, Anna Blackshare, Haven Cagle, Madison Cate, Amy DeMent, Lindsey Ford, Alex Green, Toshya Leonard, Lyric Martinez, Courtney Shepard, Sidney Simmons, Hadleigh Watson and Kelly Fowler.
Hargrave says each of the girls has shown a great deal of dedication in preparation of the performance.
"All the girls are happy to have this opportunity," Hargrave said. "They've jumped in with both feet. We've had to have practices which require extra time and effort on their part. This whole thing really came as a surprise. We've had to get everything ready in a hurry. The kids have been great. They've all worked very hard."
Showing their dedication, the group's elementary students will miss at least part of their class Christmas parties to perform at the station.
Rector sixth grader Anna Blackshare is looking forward to appearing on the Midday program.
"I'm really excited about it. I've always wanted to be on tv. It's going to be a lot of fun. I hope everyone can watch us."
"I've always loved to perform," Lindsey Ford, also a sixth grader, said. "I think it's a great opportunity for us to perform on television."
The group will be singing the holiday classics 'White Christmas', 'Walking in a Winter Wonderland', 'Let it Snow, Let it Snow, Let it Snow', 'It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas' and 'Rocking Around the Christmas Tree.' However, it is unknown which song the group will perform on-air. Hargrave says the group will sing all of their selected songs, with the station having the option of when to showcase the Rector girls.
Rector High School principal Wade Williams plans to encourage all teachers and classes to watch the performance by making an announcement over the school's intercom system.
"We want everybody to know about it and show their support," Williams said. "We're proud of them and can't wait to see it."
Hargrave feels the chance to perform on television will allow her students the opportunity to shine.
"This will let the kids show just how talented they really are. I think we have an outstanding performing arts program here at Rector. It's something for which we've become known. This is a wonderful chance for our school and our students."