Nearly 200 students sign up for Young Americans workshops
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
Student numbers attending the workshops conducted by The Young Americans are growing, as the popular singing/dancing group arrives in Imperial this week.
While their visit is capped off with a big musical show Saturday night, 195 students will be attending three days of workshops as they rehearse for their parts in the show.
Jodie Liess, K-6 vocal music director who is coordinating The Young Americans’ visit here, said 156 of the workshop participants are in grades 3-6, with the rest in grades 7-12. The vast majority are CCS students, but three are coming from schools in Ogallala, Grant and Bertrand, Liess said.
Youths will attend workshops today (Thursday) from 4 to 9 p.m., Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and prior to Saturday’s show, when a dress rehearsal is also scheduled.
Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for the 6 p.m. concert Saturday, which this year, follows a “Turn Up the Music” theme.
Music from The Beach Boys, N’SYNC, One Direction, Celine Dion, The Temptations and more will be included in the two-hour show.
The first act will feature The Young Americans. Workshop students will join the group for act two.
This year’s visit follows a successful stop by the Young Americans in February 2013. The concert that night filled the Longhorn gym.
Tickets at $10 for adults and $8 for students (grade 12 and younger) can be purchased after the Thursday and Friday workshops from the cast. They’ll also be sold at the door Saturday.
The Young Americans also made a stop here in February 2013.
While in the community, the 44 Young Americans and their director will be housed with local families.