The New Franklin High School Christmas Concert went on without electricity. The result was surprising and memorable.
The show must go on. In this case, the Christmas concert must go on.
After a transformer caught fire near New Franklin on Monday evening, electricity was cut to the city of more than 1,000 people. At that very time, the New Franklin High School students were getting ready to have their annual Christmas concert.
Not knowing when the electricity would be turned back on, the school decided to go ahead with the concert. With emergency lights overhead, additional luminance was provided by a lantern and cell phone lights. New Franklin R-1 Schools Superintendent David Haggard said the only changing that had to be done was the bringing in of a piano to replace the electric one that could not be used.
For the 200 people in attendance, it was a different experience. The choir started off the concert, which was followed by the rest of the program. Haggard said only one family left, but everyone else stayed.
“What a great job tonight at the Christmas concert! Never underestimate the perseverance of New Franklin! No light? We got this,” Fadra Hepner stated on Facebook.
What could have been a hindrance for many became something special. Hepner also stated that it was fabulous.
For many, this concert was probably the most memorable one they have ever had.
“I had more people come up to me after the program and tell me how they loved it,” Haggard said.
With assistance from the New Franklin Fire and Police Department, everyone was able to exit the school safely. Lights were also used by the departments to help people to their cars.
“We are so gracious for the assistance of these volunteers who helped the patrons to their cars,” Haggard said.
Haggard said that the students learned a valuable lesson during this.
“Everything is not always going to go as planned, so you have to improvise when you have to,” Haggard said.
In this case, the result, while different, created a memory that no one will forget.
“I have had several people come up to me and ask me if we can do that again next year,” he said.
Haggard is considering some changes, but an electrical malfunction is not in his agenda.