Annual Dinner Theater a big hit

By Mary Ann Ellis

The Appling County High School and Middle School choral programs, under the direction of Karen Davis and Shona Pate, presented the 36th annual Dinner Theater on Feb. 5-6. Tickets for the dinner and the show were $25, which included a steak dinner. Tickets for $10 paid for only the performance. The entire event started at 6:00 p.m. and lasted until shortly after 9:00 p.m. The event was carefully planned for social distancing. Masked members of the various choirs served the meals and tables were appropriately spaced for safety. During the meal, various members of the choirs entertained with solos.

After the meal of steak, baked potato, salad, and rolls, the audience moved from the lunchroom to the auditorium for the show. Again, the seating was carefully planned for safety with lots of space between members of the audience. During the performance, there were performances by ACMS Centerstage Show Choir, the 8th Grade Chorus Class, the ACHS Chorus and Appling Applause Show Choir. Students also performed solos throughout the evening. The group closed the night with all the choirs together singing “The Blessing.”

Unfortunately, some members of the groups were kept away by the ever-present COVID-19, and some seniors in particular were saddened by missing their final dinner theater. Not all the absentees had the virus, but many were quarantined because they’d been exposed.