The Winnipeg Glee club is a group of regular Winnipeg residents just "changing the world, one note at a time."
"For me it’s always been two birds, one stone," said Charmaine Moreno, 23, co-director of the club. "How often do you get to do something you love doing? I have a passion for performing, and at the same time it’s not only benefitting me, its benefitting other people too."
The club has been in existence for four years and has grown considerably since its inception, said Moreno.
Grace Bagnas, 26, co-director of the Glee Club, said the club was started when the previous director put up a shout-out on Facebook.
"He asked people if they wanted to perform and sing and hold a concert," said Bagnas. "People just came, and from then on this is what’s happened."
What happened is that both the singers and production crew, who range from 18-years-old to people in their early 40s, came together to make up the club.
"There are 37 people," said Moreno. "Including people who do the sound system and production."
On Fri., Aug. 23 and Sat., Aug. 24, the Glee Club gave its fifth performance in four years at the Gas Station Theatre. The theme was ‘Forever Young’.
"We practice for three to four months, pick a charity, and just hold one big concert every year," said Bagnas.
Tickets at the door were $10 with all the proceeds going towards the St.Amant Foundation.
"It’s a local non-profit foundation that helps people with disabilities," said Moreno.
Moreno said, much like choosing the
charity to benefit from the concert, the members are the ones who pick the songs they want to sing.
"We’ll have certain songs for opening and (the finale) and all that, but most of the time we ask them ‘well what do you guys want to sing or dance to?’" said Moreno.
To prepare for the concert, Bagnas said, the club met up to three times a week to rehearse.
"We push it to three to make sure everything is going well," said Moreno.
Moreno and Bagnas admit their club is similar to the popular television show Glee, and even call each other Gleeks.
"We have one of the songs from the show that we kind of remake," said Moreno. "The past couple years that we’ve been doing this, we always take songs from the show and kind of make it our own."
Whenever they prepare for a concert the club keeps its motto in mind.
"Our motto is ‘changing the world, one note at a time,’" said Bagnas. "I feel like just having people with all walks of life, we really try to not only help the community, but (the club’s members) as well. We try to bring out whatever talent they have, and build up their confidence."