A new group for young central Ohio vocalists has its roots in the New Albany Arts Council's junior musical production.
"The kids from the junior musical wanted to perform together after the show," said musical director Josh McKinney.
The new group is called the Center Stage Singers. Its members, ages 8 to 16, are from Columbus, Dublin, Gahanna and New Albany.
McKinney said the junior musical group typically performs in the summer musical production held in July and in the fall at the arts council's Harvest the Arts festival, which was canceled earlier this year.
The arts council held auditions and 26 singers were included in the new group, McKinney said.
McKinney said the Center Stage Singers began practicing four songs Sept. 8. Their debut performance is during the New Albany Arts Council's annual Night Moves concert Oct. 27.
McKinney said the group was committed to learn the songs, taking the music home and coming to practice prepared the next week.
"Quality-wise, I think it's going to blow people away how great these kids are," he said.
The Center Stage Singers will perform On My Own from Les Miserables, Firework by Katy Perry, Deep in the Meadow from the The Hunger Games and a song from The Addams Family musical.
The Night Moves concert begins at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the Jeanne B. McCoy Community Center for the Arts, 100 E. Dublin-Granville Road in New Albany.
In addition to the Center Stage Singers, the New Albany Chorus, the New Albany High School A Cappella Singers and the New Albany Community Band will play seasonal tunes and "songs that go bump in the night."
Tickets will be available at the door one hour prior to the performance. Admission is $10 for general seating. Children under 10 in costume will be admitted free.
McKinney said auditions will be held in November for a spring performance by the Center Stage Singers.
Audition dates will be posted at newalbanyarts.org or interested vocalists can email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.