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Talented Kids of Coolidge Prepare for April 26 Show

Talented Kids of Coolidge Prepare for April 26 Showessential

(Crystal A. Proxmire, April 16, 2014)

Sixth graders from Coolidge will be able to go to kids’ camp this year thanks to an upcoming talent show put on by the students of the school.  The Coolidge Talent Show takes place April 26 at Ferndale High School beginning at 7PM. Tickets are $5 each.

Helen Lambrix has teamed up with Angela Barboza-Ryan and Ferndale School Board Trustee Nan Kerr-Mueller to co-organize the event, now in its second year. “Each of us brings a set of talents that sort of all work togetherseed020_heather_coleman_voss in the perfect way,” Lambrix said.  “My daughter, Zelda, is in 6th grade at Coolidge, she is working behind the scenes as part of the leadership team, and will be handling one of the spotlights.  Nan’s son, Finn, who is in 5th grade, and his brother Connor, who is a 7th grader at Ferndale Middle School, will be performing in a comedy skit.  Angela’s daughter, Kali, will be a co-Emcee with a fellow student, Dashiell Ankers.”

The students have formed two teams, the talent and the leadership team.  Without giving away too much of the top secret, surprise-filled lineup, Lambrix shared that there will be students singing, dancing, rapping, playing music and doing comedy.  “We have a few kids who have even written their own songs,” she said.JudyPalmer01

The Talent Show Student Leadership team does all the behind the scenes work, making tickets and hand-made posters, coming up with ideas for the show and handling promotions. On the night of the grand performance they will be working backstage during the production: moving props, organizing acts, and even running the spotlights.

The work going into the show is extensive, but Lambrix said “We wouldn’t trade that time for anything! These kids are so amazing and inspiring.  We have seen the most shy, nervous kids turn into superstars before our eyes.  We have seen kids that have a hard time getting along with other students become the most supportive and helpful people in the group.  This experience is very meaningful to our kids, and we Street-Eatzz-Adfeel really blessed to be a part of it.”

Planning and rehearsals with the kids take place three times a week.  “We can have anywhere from 10 – 25 kids after school working on their acts,  or crafting, brainstorming, writing letters to business, and making videos.  It has pretty much taken over our lives for the past few months,” she said.

“I have spent most of my nights on my laptop editing music and updating about a billion spreadsheets,” which Lambrix said is “a slight exaggeration.”  Kerr-Mueller is more the artsy one, working with the youth to figure out crafty ways to make poster and tickets while also organizing volunteers and planning out seed08_jodi_bergerstrategies.  Barboza-Ryan puts together all the videos, the program, and works on all the branding and promotion of the show.  “All three of us meet often to discuss the running of the show, and how to coordinate all the moving parts,” Lambrix said.

Others in the community chip in time and energy to help as well.  “We have received incredible support from Mr. Eric Bruner, Coolidge Intermediate School’s principal, as well as Jean Bokram, who operates the front office.  Both of them have been great to work with and really go above and beyond to make sure we can pull the show off,” she said.  “We are also grateful to our bus drivers, who run an extra couple buses an hour after school to take students home from after school activities, including Talent Show.  Without them, many of our kids wouldn’tdda_ad_01 be able to participate.”

Even older students in the district and graduates have gotten involved.  Sam Berger and Sean Ceglarek, students who performed in Ferndale High School’s recent musical Thoroughly Modern Millie, have joined in practices and shared their knowledge of performance with the youngsters.

The technical crew is entirely made up of high school students and recent alumni.  They handle lights, sound, projection, curtains, mics, and organizing kids backstage.  “They have guided us through this process and without them we couldn’t do it.  They are incredibly amazing, and we want people to know that.  The Ferndale School District gives students the ability to develop incredible talents.”dinos02sidelogo3

“Last year was our first year doing the Talent Show,” Lambrix said. “We had HUGE help from John F. Kennedy School parents who have been running their own show for years now.  All the parents got together and we helped each other out.  It was a wonderful collaborative effort.  This year, we will be sending volunteers from our school to help with their show, and vice versa, so that parents don’t have to work behind the scenes and miss their kids’ performances.  We are so grateful to live in a community where this is possible.  Their show is a week after ours, May 3 & 4.  Pop! The Musical!”

Tickets are $5 and are available for purchase at both the Coolidge & Roosevelt school offices during school hours, or at the box office the night of the show.  The show is Saturday, April 26th, at 7pm, at the Ferndale High School Auditorium.

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