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Auditions scheduled for 'School of Glee' in Whitehall

| Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013, 9:02 p.m.
Jack and Lynnette Kelley of Whitehall stand at The Dancing Bean coffee shop in Caste Village where Lynnette sells some of her baked goods from her “HappyJack” bakery. The couple is starting a new venture, organizing a School of Glee choir. Stephanie Hacke | South Hills Record

Performing a mash-up of Jayme Dee's “Tip-toes” and George Michael's “Faith” alongside her three best friends on the Baldwin High School stage was exhilarating for Paige Franjione.

The South Fayette High School freshman gave it her all, as she belted out each note.

“I had never had that experience,” said Franjione, 15. “It felt so good.”

In her school's choir, Franjione said it's like she is one of many. But, here, it was her time to shine.

The four South Fayette students who performed at Dance Workshop by Shari's “Gifts of Dance” showcase were the first — a test, of sorts — for Jack and Lynnette Kelley of Whitehall to see how their musical training would work.

Its success meant that they could move forward with a dream to start a choir for middle- and high school-aged students, the “School of Glee,” where the youths could learn modern music — based on ideas from Fox's hit show “Glee” and the 2003 film “School of Rock” — and perform at local venues.

“We want to do songs that the kids know and like,” Lynnette Kelley said.

The choir is all about having fun.

“We're not going to take ourselves seriously,” Jack Kelley said.

The Kelleys are starting the “School of Glee” with auditions at the Whitehall Borough Building, 100 Borough Park Drive, on Feb. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Auditions are in the form of a workshop and no musical training is required.

For more information or to secure an audition spot, email or visit SchoolOfGlee. There is no cost to join the choir.

Stephanie Hacke is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 412-388-5818 or

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