On Friday, March 28th, 2014 Brea Olinda High School found itself very close to the epicenter of a 5.1 earthquake. When the earthquake hit, the Brea Olinda Choir was performing Bye Bye Birdie with our soloist Daniel Dwyer singing, “Talk To Me”. There seemed to be a panic, but Daniel Dwyer, playing the lead role of Albert Peterson in the show, just froze. He was hoping that everything would settle down and the show would continue. From his view from the stage he could see that at first everyone stayed in their seats and seemed to be waiting for it to pass, but then they were surprised when it got really big and kept going and some seemed to panic. Choir staff and parents worked to make sure the kids were safe. Daniel Dwyer said his biggest lesson learned was “Be prepared!”. All of the kids in the show were disappointed that they could not perform their final show which was the next night. Many tickets are usually sold at the door and they were depending on this funding to raise their final dollars to get them to show choir nationals in just a few short weeks. They’ve worked really hard so far and raised over half of the funds that will need to pay for airfare and lodging as well as other expenses. This is a huge endeavor and will be tough to make up for this last show. The nationally ranked choir is currently looking for another venue to perform one last show as the Performing Arts Center at the High School does not have clearance yet. Anyone who wants to donate to help them get to show choir nationals can go to the top of this page and donate with the PayPal link marked “DONATE”. Links to stories: ABC; FOX; Inside Edition CNN More links to be added as they are broadcast!
They are also hosting a car wash this Saturday, April 5th from 8-1pm at the United Methodist Church in Brea, corner of Lambert and State College.