Watauga's Got Talent on Friday
The journey is almost over for Watauga High School senior chorus students.
"I've had some of these kids for four years and they're graduating," WHS choral director Lisa Combs said.
Other students will head to the new high school in the fall "to go on and on and on and on" with their choral careers.
And, without community support, the "small town girl" and "city boy," alike, may soon find themselves in a "lonely world."
It's hard, after all, for chorus members "to hold onto that feeling," without a good piano.
The new high school lacks exactly that.
"We need a solid, wonderful grand piano for us at the new facility," Combs said.
After all, "everybody wants a thrill."
And what's more thrilling than chorus?
The answer might be the Watauga's Got Talent Show, to be held at the school auditorium Friday to benefit the piano purchase.
For $5 and "a smile [you] can share the night" and see why these students deserve those 88 keys.
"We're trying to showcase the talent of these performing arts students. After all, they've very talented, and we have a ton of them," Combs said.
Even seniors who won't enjoy the new piano are excited about the showcase.
"[Chorus] has been a home to us," senior Teresa Smith said.
"We're used to the out-of-tune upright pianos," senior Amanda Carringer said.
The new grand piano is a legacy seniors can leave behind for that next generation, a way for them to "hold onto that feeling," and the showcase lets them shine "just one more time."
It's not a juried show where "some will win" and "some will lose."
"We all win. We win if we get all these seats full and get a grand piano for these kids," she said.
The show promises to be a mesh of instrumental and vocal music from every genre, including a glee-like grand finale by the honors chorus that's sure to get you to "find emotion."
We don't want to give the finale away, but trust us when we say "don't stop believin'" in these kids.
Can't make the show? Combs is spearheading "88 Keys to Success," a campaign urging the communtiy to donate $50 to purchase a piano key.
"You can buy a key in honor or in memory of someone ... especially a music lover," Combs said.
Send donations to Lisa Combs, c/o Watauga High School, 400 High School Drive, Boone, N.C. 28607. Buy a key and earn two free tickets to Watauga's Got Talent Friday at 7 p.m. at the Watauga High School auditorium.