I got the part.
I’m the soprano soloist of the most exciting production of The Messiah to hit Chicago since…ever. David Richards, one of the biggest names in opera, is singing the tenor role. Every opera critique will be there.
This is it! My big break.
I hope. I mean, there’s always a chance a show won’t go as well as anticipated and that the reviewers will despise it. But that’s the risk you take a performer. You practice, do your best and hope that the audience loves the results. I couldn’t ask for a better chance to launch my career. I just need to focus all my energy on being the best I can be and everything will work out the way I hope.
Okay, maybe not all my energy. I mean, I still have my day job as a high school show choir coach. And the Winter Wonderland concert for Prospect Glen High School is the same week as The Messiah performances. Ever since the curtain almost came down on me while running into a killer, the kids in my choir have actually paid attention to me during rehearsal. I’m not sure if it’s sympathy due to the near death experience or respect for my leadership and directorial abilities that has brought about the change, but whatever it is, I hope it lasts. Because juggling The Messiah and Winter Concert rehearsals is going to be tough enough. Especially since this is the first time my show choir team will perform the numbers they’ll be competing with in the spring.
The good news is my sexy co-choreographer and Prospect Glen’s theater teacher, is on my side. So is the head of the choir program, Larry DeWeese. He even let me rearrange the Winter Wonderland Concert rehearsals to fit around my Messiah schedule. And I can always count on my Aunt Millie to bolster my confidence if I start to freak out about anything.
Hopefully, that won’t be necessary. I’ve practiced my music until I can sing the arias in my sleep. The show choir’s numbers look great. The kids have worked hard. So have I. Everything is going my way.
What could possibly go wrong?
Thanks to Penguin, I have one (1) copy of END ME A TENOR to give away. Leave a comment to be included in the giveaway. The book will be shipped directly from the publisher. Contest ends April 24; US entries only per publisher’s request.
You can read more about Paige in End Me a Tenor, the second book in the “Glee Club” mystery series. The first book in the series is Murder for Choir.
Meet the author
Joelle Charbonneau has performed in opera and musical theatre productions across Chicagoland. She now teaches private voice lessons and uses her stage experience to create compelling characters in her books. She is the author of two mystery series: The Rebecca Robbins mysteries (Minotaur Books) and the Glee Club mysteries (Berkley). Joelle’s also the author of The Testing young adult trilogy that debuts with THE TESTING (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Children’s) June 4th. Learn more at www.joellecharbonneau.com
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