Power show

Young performers shine at 4-H Music and Drama Festival
by Verla Peichl
Review Correspondent


THE WILLING WORKERS 4-H CLUB did a short version of “Hee Haw,” a favorite television variety show from the 1970s, during the Sheboygan County 4-H Music and Drama Festival Saturday, Feb. 21 at UW-Sheboygan. — Review photo by Verla Peichl THE WILLING WORKERS 4-H CLUB did a short version of “Hee Haw,” a favorite television variety show from the 1970s, during the Sheboygan County 4-H Music and Drama Festival Saturday, Feb. 21 at UW-Sheboygan. — Review photo by Verla Peichl The 2015 Sheboygan County 4-H Music and Drama Festival once again brought the UW-Sheboygan Fine Arts Theatre to life Saturday, Feb. 21.

The 4-H clubs that participated in the event performed everything from solo events to group skits and short musicals.

The show included comedy, Broadway songs, violin solos, guitars, piano and everything in between.

The music ranged from classical to a trumpet solo from “Yellow Submarine.”

The 4-H Music and Drama Festival is an important event because it allows the 4-H clubs to demonstrate what 4-H has done for them.

4-H gives youth confidence, grooms them to be responsible and provides them with an opportunity to commit to something that will help them in the future.


KATIE SONBORN, a member of the Scott Pioneers 4-H Club, played the guitar and sang “Your Hands,” during the Sheboygan County 4-H Music and Drama Festival Saturday, Feb. 21 at UW-Sheboygan. — Review photo by Verla Peichl KATIE SONBORN, a member of the Scott Pioneers 4-H Club, played the guitar and sang “Your Hands,” during the Sheboygan County 4-H Music and Drama Festival Saturday, Feb. 21 at UW-Sheboygan. — Review photo by Verla Peichl The judges for the day were:

Bill Born, a graduate of Lakeland College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in music education, has taught middle and high school choir in Elkhart Lake, Random Lake and currently at Sheboygan Falls High School.

In addition to directing the choirs at Sheboygan Falls High School, he also co-directs the high school musical and is an advisor for the sound and lighting club and Connections.

Born has also served on the executive boards of the Wisconsin Choral Directors Association and the Lakeshore Chorale.

Amanda Ellis graduated from UW-Stevens Point with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in musical theatre.

At UW-Stevens Point, Ellis also studied voice, dance, acting and stage combat.

She has served as a directed for Studio Players and as an assistant director for the Sheboygan Theatre Co.

Ellis has also choreographed several musicals in the area and worked as a stage combat consultant and workshop instructor for STC and UW-Sheboygan.

Diane Ellis has been a part of the theater community in Sheboygan for many years.

She served on the Sheboygan Theatre Company’s Board of Directors Executive Committee and continues as an active member of the Program Planning and Development Committee.

Alanna Ford went to school at St. Norbert College, where she majored in music education.

Ford started her career at Westfield High School where she taught band. She now teaches band at Cedar Grove- Belgium High School.

Sally Haines is a music teacher in Sheboygan Falls Elementary School and the director of the country music worship team at St. Paul’s Church.

She has also toured the country with the performing arts group The Young Americans.

Lori Siegert is an elementary school teacher at Sheboygan Falls Elementary School.

Siegert has been involved with music, theatre and the arts for her entire life. She is a past judge of this festival as well as several neighboring counties.

She has enjoyed participating in the performing arts as a pianist, guitarist, vocalist and soloist and has had roles in “Grease,” “Summer in Smoke” and several other musical productions.

This year’s 4-H Music and Drama Festival clearly reflected the motto of 4-H - “The Power of Youth!”


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