NORTH SMITHFIELD – A festive effort to bring Christmas cheer to the homes of town residents while raising funds for the high school music program can officially be deemed a success.
The North Smithfield High School Chamber Choir has booked every time slot available for a caroling troupe slated to sing for residents across town on Sunday, Dec. 12.
The performances will raise money for the music students’ upcoming trip to Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, and according to chorus Director Regina McAdam, the 24 holiday crooners now have a full schedule.
“I’m happy to say that I’m not here soliciting more people for our caroling fundraiser,” McAdam said at a Town Council meeting Monday. “We are sold out.”
It will be the second time that a group from the school takes their show on the road. The effort was started in 2020 as a COVID-19 safe means to raise money for the popular program.
Town Council President John Beauregard said he asked McAdam to bring the group to the meeting after attending a concert.
“About three or four weeks ago I went to a performance at the high school where the band and choir were performing, and I was so impressed, I thought it would be a great idea if we could ask the choir to come out here and sing a couple of songs for the holiday season,” Beauregard said.
“Thank you for giving us a chance to practice,” said McAdam.
It seemed clear Monday why Beauregard wanted to bring the vocal talent to a wider audience as the students delivered a flawless performance, singing Carol of the Bells, O Holy Night and Good King Wenceslas.
“There will be a lot of people watching this,” he said, pointing to footage on YouTube of the meeting recorded by CJ Johnson.
Councilor Claire O’Hara said she cried during the brief performance.
“I’ve seen many of you as children at Halliwell,” O’Hara said. “As I look at you, and listen to each note, it’s brought unbelievable joy to my heart. You are now men and women. Many of you will be graduating and I expect you to help make this world a better place. If they won’t listen, sing them to death.”
The full performance can be seen at the start of the meeting posted below.