Ally DuHaime was particularly was upset that the spring musical, Mamma Mia, was canceled at Jefferson Township High School due to the coronavirus outbreak. She was all set to play Sophie, the lead in the play. She’d rehearsed for hours and sang those well-known songs over and over again. She decided that she just couldn’t let all those hours of practice go to waste.

“My mom has a friend who really loves Mamma Mia. One day I was practicing ‘Don’t Go Chasing My Emotions’. My mom suggested we record it on Facebook, so we did.”

That was the first recording of what would become several, first on her mother’s page, then on her own page, Ally DuHaime Singing.

The vocals are keeping her in shape in case the cast can get together to do the play later in the school year, over the summer, or via Zoom.

“We have thought about getting the cast together on Zoom, but we’re worried about the connection for some of the big songs,” DuHaime said.

When she’s not singing, DuHaime attends the Allied Health Academy of Morris County School of Technology at Pequannock High School in the morning, and JTHS in the afternoon. In September, she will attend Ramapo College, with an aim toward a degree or nursing.

“I am also going to be doing plays there (at Ramapo), DuHaime said. “I am going to keep music open in my life. I’ll keep trying out for things and keep singing. But my main focus will be on nursing,” she said.

As part of her academy experience, DuHaime works two days a week at Chilton Hospital in Pompton Plains. Her father Rich told The Jefferson Chronicle that  as part of her senior project, Ally is making 50 care packages for nurses and doctors at Chilton.

“She is handwriting thank you notes, and we are collecting and donating hand creams, soup cups, power bars/granola bars, water bottles and other snacks to fill the packages. Through all of this she keeps telling me how much she wishes she were at the hospital to help. I guess nursing and music really are her callings,” he said.

If you want to hear Ally’s songs, you can find her recordings at Ally DuHaime Singing on Facebook.

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