Annual Frontier telethon returns to in-person format

  • Frontier Regional School in South Deerfield. FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 11/15/2021 9:15:25 AM

SOUTH DEERFIELD — The annual Frontier Regional School live telethon is returning this week for its 13th edition, which will be held in person once again after being virtual last year.

Fundraising for the music department kicks off Wednesday at 6 p.m. and performances will run until 9 p.m. The program can be viewed live on Frontier Community Access Television’s YouTube page or on the main page of Frontier’s website. The public also is welcome to attend the performances, which will be held in the school’s auditorium. Masks and social distancing are required.

Frontier Director of Bands and Choirs Max Sherrill said the students and crew involved in performing and putting on the telethon are delighted to offer the show to the community.

“We’re really excited and enthusiastic about doing it in person. It’s only our second in-person concert since everything got shut down,” Sherrill said. “We’re all just excited to just do this again. I know the kids are excited and everyone involved is excited.”

The event will feature live performances from several student ensembles with a special appearance from the “Academianuts,” a rock band featuring Frontier teachers and Principal George Lanides. Sherrill said there is no specific theme this year beyond celebrating the talented students and staff.

“Our theme is always featuring everything we have to offer with music and the arts at Frontier,” Sherrill said.

In the past, money raised during the telethon funded music department trips planned for later in the school year, but the money raised this year will go to future trips.

“Normally we would travel. … This year I don’t think that is going to happen,” Sherrill said. “We’ll forward this to future years. There’s no imminent trip planned as in most years.”

Sherrill said some past telethons have raised about $4,000 to $5,000, but there have been times where they’ve collected nearly $10,000.

Those who wish to donate can do so through PayPal, by calling in pledges to 413-665-2118 or through in-person donations during the performance Wednesday night.

Sherrill encourages the public to attend the live performance so Frontier students can once again perform to an in-person audience.

“There is a mask requirement, but other than that it’s open to the public,” Sherrill said. “There’s no ticket cost or anything.”


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