Hutchinson, Kan. – Stage 9 is pleased to announce new programming on the second Sunday of the month. Every month on the second Sunday, Stage 9 will host a community sing-along. Doors open at 6:30 pm with the sing-along beginning at 7:00 pm. The first Second Sunday Sing-Along at Stage 9 will be May 14, 2017. Support for Second Sunday Sing-Alongs was provided by a Make It Greater Grant from the Fund for Hutchinson of the Hutchinson Community Foundation.
In April 2016, Debbie Berndsen and Bob Colladay held a sing-along at the Scuttlebutts Coffee Shop. Forty-five people attended the event which was promoted through Facebook and articles in The Hutchinson News and The Bee. On January 28, 2017, Bob Colladay and Stage 9 held a Pop Choir event as part of Stage 9’s fundraising concert series, Stage 9 Live! This time there was a $20 admission. 20 people were in attendance. Those attending once again expressed interest in more group singing events.
Early in 2017, the Hutchinson Community Foundation created a new grant program from its Fund for Hutchinson. It was the intention of the Hutchinson Community Foundation to foster the spark and hope that keeps Reno County citizens healthy and happy, inspiring philanthropy, collaboration and innovative leadership to strengthen the Hutchinson and Reno County community.
Stage 9, seeing the potential of a community sing-along to meet the intention of the grant and fill a gap in community building, applied for and received a Make It Greater Grant. Second Sunday Sing-Alongs will provide Reno County residents with the opportunity to come together on a regular basis to experience community building through a series of Sunday evening sing-alongs at Stage 9 with the intention of increasing connection to community, self-expression, and appreciation of the arts.
Doors for the event will open at 6:30 pm. A donation of $5 will be collected at the door where attendees will receive a song-book containing selections for the evening. Prior to the sing-along beginning at 7:00 pm, attendees will submit their requests for the evening. The event will begin with an explanation of the event and other announcements. The first half for the sing-along will last 45 minutes at which point a 15-minute break will occur. At the conclusion of the break, attendees will participate in a quick game that will result in a prize being given away. The second half of the sing-along will begin at 8:00 pm. The sing-along concludes at 8:45 pm.
Second Sunday Sing-Alongs for 2017 will take place on May 14, June 11, July 9, August 13, September 10, October 8, November 12 and December 10. We encourage everyone to mark their calendars and plan to join the fun.
For more information about Second Sunday Sing-Alongs, please contact the event organizers, Bob Colladay and Debbie Berndsen. Contact information is listed below:
Bob Colladay | Email: [email protected] | Phone: 620-664-0971
Debbie Berndsen | Email: [email protected] | Phone: 620-899-5564