After what turned out to be a long week of exams and papers for many of us in Heart & Soul, we were excited to dive into a night of laughter, singing, games, and delicious food during Overnighter, an event hosted every fall by our wonderful director, Rhonda Blacklock.
This year it was a bit too chilly to sing outside after dinner, so we all gathered around the piano in the living room as we dove into some of our pieces for the upcoming Fall Show and explored new territory in our Christmas Show pieces. The acoustics made us sound like we were hundreds of voices strong, and the power and energy in the room was tangible. One of Rhonda’s adorable dogs even decided to get in on the fun by joining her on the piano bench.
After rehearsal, we all split into groups where stories were shared and games were learned, won, and lost. Later on we crowded around the TV and watched last year’s Christmas Show. As this is my third year participating in PMO, the Christmas Show isn’t exactly new to me, but it was really awesome watching the new members get excited about the performance. A lot of rehearsing goes into this show, and it is great to see the final product! We also watched recordings of past performances at the Opera House in Delphi and our Fall/Spring Shows. Eventually some of us tried to get some sleep, while others stayed up the entire night watching movies until breakfast was served in the morning.
It’s always a pleasure to spend an evening with so many fun-loving and talented people. We are all truly grateful that Rhonda opens her home to us for a night of fun and music every year.
Yours in Song,
Sara Penka, Junior