WELLAND — One minute, Stephanie Tritchew was just a face in the busy Seaway Mall crowd, sipping coffee at a cafeteria table and chatting on her cellphone.
The next, the St. Catharines native was standing and belting out “hallelujahs” from the famed chorus in Handel’s Messiah in front of a stunned food court congregation.
“The first reaction was jaw-dropping surprise and people laughing,” said the startling soprano, who broke into song around noon last Saturday at the Welland mall. “Then just about everyone whipped out their phone cameras at once.”
Tritchew wasn’t a one-woman surprise show.
Within minutes, more than 80 Chorus Niagara singers previously blended into the weekend mall multitude had joined the chorus.