Thursday, Kids from
Show selections are arranged, rehearsed, choreographed and dressed to the hilt. “Kids from
Creative: Producer – Mark S. Dorn; choreographers – Jessica Foley (primary), Heather McLain; musical arranger and choral director – Taras Nahirniak; band feature arranger – Dean Menten; costume designer – Deanna Garland.
Singer-dancers: Cody Anderson, Menomonie; Jarred Bedgood, Milwaukee; Lexie Chiasson, Kenosha; Bridget Cushman, Thiensville; Hunter Evenson, Galesville; Alaric Frinzi, Mayville; Nicole Goodreau, New London; Madison Gruman, Burlington; Eric Guenther, Cottage Grove; Alex Hatcher, Ripon; Casey Houlihan, New London; Brandon Lindemann, Burlington; Jenny Marsland, Madison; Emily Matt, Waukesha; Ashley Patin, Muskego; Isaiah Reynolds, Brookfield; Cody Rosenthal, Mayville; Hayley Rosenthal, Beloit; Jeremy Steinmetz, Eau Claire; Jena Tolksdorf, New Franken.
Band: Bradford Schulz, percussion, Pleasant Prairie; Cora Hougard, piano, Delafield; Dominic Domeyer, trumpet, River Falls; Traverse Such, guitar, Cascade; Isaac Surprenant, bass guitar, New Berlin; Kevin Dolfin, trumpet, Hingham; Kyle Johnson-Evers, woodwind, Muskego; Matthew Haverson, trombone, Cameron; Nick Feist, trumpet, Plover; Jessica Kust, piano, Klondike; Amanda Frisch, trombone, Wisconsin Dells; Alliot Nagle, percussion, Fennimore; Mitchell Burish, trumpet, Manitowoc.
“Here We Go”
“The Music of Billy Joel”
“Piano Man,” “It’s Still Rock and Roll to Me,” “Only the Good Die Young,” “Movin’ Out,” “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” “Keeping the Faith” and more
“Duke Ellington” (band)
“Take the ‘A’ Train,” “Mood Indigo,” “Don’t Get Around Much Anymore,” “Caravan” and more
“Hits of 2014”
“Some Nights,” “Light ’em Up,” “You Make Me Feel Like I’ve Been Locked Out of Heaven,” “What Do I Stand For,” “Say Something (I’m Giving Up on You),” “Let It Go,” “Roar,” “We Will Never Be Royal,” “Because I’m Happy” and more
“Fleetwood Mac” (band)
“Dreams,” “Go Your
“Big Bad Voodoo Daddy”
“Diga Diga Do” and more
“The Great American Songbook”
“There’s No Business Like Show Business,” “Puttin’ on the Ritz,” “Blues in the Night,” “Tea for Two,” “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,” “Stardust,” “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Makin’ Whoopee,” “Alexander’s Ragtime Band” and more
“Feel the Funk” (band)
“Super Fly,” “Jungle Boogie” and more
“Tony Awards on Stage”
“Gold” from “Once,” “It’s Your Wedding Day” from “The Wedding Singer,” “Live in Living Color” from “Catch Me If You Can,” “Once and for All” from “Newsies,” “Some Day” from “Memphis,” “Step in Time” from “Mary Poppins,” “Story of My Life” from “Shrek” and more
“Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” (band)
The entire soul jazz tune
The entire Sarah Bareilles hit
While good and energetic and strong in support and youth-skilled, the 13-piece band has a tough task in its instrumental interludes while the 20 singer-dancers change costumes. The music the band plays is indelible from how it was performed by elite original artists – how can a youth musician match a Duke Ellington player, or the sounds of Fleetwood Mac, or the hyper drive of funk bands? That’s not to say there’s no spirit, with “Mercy, Mercy, Mercy” being the prime rouser.
Dominating the attention is the singer-dancer ensemble. Some highlights:
- Swing dancing. Whew. The troupe dances a lot. Every move is precise (or close to precise). Many songs are fired up with motion – kicks, trick moves, an undulating roll in the theme song – AND THEN comes the super whoop dee doo of pumped up swing dancing to the hot music of Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. The ensemble is spring-loaded in a style of dance that is from a past era but anything but old for all its physical, rhythmic and stamina demands – with the performers singing much of the time, too! The troupe also does tap dancing in “Puttin’ on the Ritz” and a rhythmic pattern in “Step in Time” and show dancing in lots of places, with the performers displaying much discipline.
- The present. The creative arm of Kids from
- Tributes. Great music makers get nods, with wonderful traditions upheld in the Kids from
In a way, it’s fun to look back at troupe alumni who went on. Among many others, some became entertainers like Pat McCurdy, band leaders like D. Thomas Busch of Pulaski who take groups to national prominence, show troupe proponents like Kevin Flogel, star-tracked hopefuls like Jack Janowicz and Broadway/
On the other hand, keeping Kids from
AHEAD: Today, Friday, Aug. 15,
VENUE: The 725-seat
THE PERSON: Byron L. Walter (1877-1954) was a businessman. He operated Green Bay Hardware, Inc. until his retirement in 1953. Walter was co-founder of Paper Converting Machine Co. and for a time served as president. After his death, the Byron L. Walter Family Trust was established, and it made possible the theater. The trust continues to make widespread contributions to community projects and institutions.
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