|Young Americans and area students give energetic performance|
|Written by Darci Tomky|
Including everything from 1920s flapper dances and Cat in the Hat books to Mary Poppins songs and hip-hop dancing, the Young Americans and area students delivered an impressive high-energy performance Tuesday, Feb. 2 at the HHS auditorium.
Young Americans, a company of 40 performers ages 18-22, stopped in Holyoke Jan. 31-Feb. 2 on their 2010 world tour. During their three-day stay, the group conducted intense workshops for area students grades 4-12.
Representing six schools, 139 students, including 104 from Holyoke, learned about all aspects of the performing arts including singing, dancing and acting.
Tuesday’s performance gave the students a chance to show off their new skills to a packed house.
“I’ve never seen these kids do some of the things they did, and they (the Young Americans) brought it out in them,” said Holyoke music teacher Marcia Dalton.
With a little confidence boost from the Young Americans, students were on stage singing and dancing in a very fast-paced, enthusiastic program. The show featured songs from several countries, a childhood memories collection, a singer/songwriter tribute, a tour of music through the decades and an African-themed portion.
“It’s been fabulous—so high energy and a positive experience for our kids,” said Holyoke band teacher Pat Wiebers. “I think it’s something that will stay with them all their lives.”
Prior to the students’ performance Tuesday night, the Young Americans presented their own collection of songs with a wide variety of costumes and musical styles that definitely had audience members on the edge of their seats.
The young adults stayed with 17 host families while in Holyoke, said Wiebers. She also reported the Music Parents Association played a huge role in bringing the group to town.
Holyoke students who participated in Young Americans include:
Fourth grade—Arturo Dominguez, Victoria Hatton, Grace Dille, Anna Jelden, Dominique Penzing, Regan Van Overbeke, Brandon Nevarez, Anthony Beltran, Mariah Pell, Natray Peregoy, Drew Stewart, Jarrett Woodhead, Lane Stapleton, Luke Krogmeier and Monse Conde.
Fifth grade—Monica Dominguez, Morgan Philips, Juana Penzing, Bryce Cornett, Katie Gerk, Jaxie Gerk, Karla Hermosillo, Tara Krueger, Kacey Jaeger, Tristan Sullivan, Austin Herman, Emily Krogmeier, Erick Zink, Sydney Goldenstein, Brendan Mayden, Brook Prottsman, Logan Osborne, Oscar Hermandez, Brian Beltran, Jack Smith, Dylon Lousberg, Kaitlyn Shafer and Daniela Baeza.
Sixth grade—Roni Beavers, Brigitte Bejarano-Mendoza, Jaylene Dominquez, Taylor Mayden, Cody Lamm, Peyton Dittmer, Dani Brandt, Issac Brandt, Dennis Amaya, Josilyn Lutze, Marques Harvey, Alison Coyne, Yvette Banuelos, Lori McWilliams, Ivette Varela, Adilene Bencomo, Megan Parker and Tony Roberts.
Seventh grade—Ramon Favela, Megan Vieselmeyer, Alex McCallum, Kaylee Ham, A.J. Brandt, Taylor Goldenstein, Lynnette Stark, Kaetlynne Overton, Christina Conde, Luke Stewart and Hannah Gillmore.
Eighth grade—Jacob Vasa, Xandra Lock, Brittney Prottsman, Malena McWilliams, Kelsey Kramer, Audi Peña, Ashley Humphreys, Shaylee Krueger, Persha Mason, Maddie King, Makayla Spitz, Zach Roll, Logan Tharp and Trevor Dalton.
Alternative High School—Kracinda Thompson.
Freshmen—Ben Martinez, Araceli Banuelos, Erin Vieselmeyer, Chandler Gerk, Jasmine Conde, Camille Elliott and Molly Brandt.
Sophomores— Amy Krogmeier, Leo Ochoa, Natasha Peregoy and Brooke Parker.
Juniors—Kaylee Groshans, Becca Brandt, Catrina Krueger, Ella Stewart and Briar Bergner.
Seniors—Megan Colglazier, Severine Barras, Nicole Brandt, Molly Fricke, Nora Roth, Brittany Durbin and Duncan Brandt.