Mount Airy students to do a song, dance at middle school show

NEIGHBORS

March 15, 1996|By Christy Kruhm | Christy Kruhm,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

JAZZ dancers, karate experts, gymnasts, vocalists, and even rock 'n' roll bands, will take the stage when Mount Airy Middle School showcases its student talent during the school's second talent show.

Since last month, students have been busy fine-tuning their performances during weekly rehearsals in preparation for the March 22 show. The performance begins at 7 p.m. at Mount Airy Middle School, 102 Watersville Road.

Sponsored by the school's Parent Teacher Student Organization, the show will benefit Mount Airy NET, a local organization that provides those in need with emergency assistance. Admission to the show is $2 per person, or a donation of a personal item, such as toothpaste, shampoo, soap or toilet paper.

After a successful first attempt at organizing a talent show last year, committee chairwoman and PTSO Vice President Patty Hillmuth has been busy for months planing this year's show.

Students Lisa Giussre and Billy Hillmuth have served as production assistants, and Mrs. Hillmuth is quick to say that the students and parent volunteers deserve most of the credit for the hours of hard work that have gone into getting the show off the ground.

Tryouts were held early last month, and 68 students were selected to perform. "There's a lot of really talented kids in the school, some really good showmanship," Mrs. Hillmuth said.

The show will feature 24 student acts and three surprise acts, including one by several teachers who are putting together something different for their students.

Performing master of ceremony duties for the evening are students Cheryl Williams, Meghan Butler, Kristin Lankford and Christie Beran, who have the all-important job of keeping the audience entertained between acts with their original skits and jokes.

Planning to open the show on a musical note, student Jennifer Klem will display her "fabulous, professional" singing, Mrs. Hillmuth said.

Incandescence, a student rock band, will perform an original song with an anti-drug message, written by band member Daniel Haight. Other band members are Justin Fogleman, Billy Hillmuth and Keir Lauritzen.

Another band, Kreature, features members Ben Kaniecki, Joey Kaniecki, Keir Lauritzen and Joey Rimbey performing their original rock music.

The talent show will close with a surprise, featuring a black-light show with a twist. Student performers will be presented with gifts from local business and community service hours earned for their time spent during the production.

Bike safety

Students at Mount Airy Elementary School were treated to a program on bicycle safety Wednesday, as a reward for meeting their reading incentive program goal last month.

Larry Black, owner of Mount Airy Bicycle, visited the school for two performances of "Bike Show." Equipped with bicycles and helmets, he spoke to the children about the importance of following bicycle safety, especially wearing a helmet at all times.

First-grader Jonathan Gardner demonstrated the correct fit and way to wear a bicycle helmet.

Dropping a helmet with a cantaloupe strapped inside, Mr. Black illustrated how a head is protected during a fall from a bicycle when the rider wears a helmet. He brought the point home when he dropped a cantaloupe without the helmet onto the concrete floor.

Food drive

Mount Airy residents will have the opportunity to help the less fortunate by donating nonperishable foods during the seventh annual "Harvest for Hungry" food drive, sponsored by Mount Airy Post Office.

Starting tomorrow and ending March 23, postal customers are asked to leave nonperishable food items in bags near their mail boxes to be collected by the mail carrier. Donations also may be dropped off at Mount Airy Post Office.

Pub Date: 3/15/96

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