Local high school students dazzled onlookers with a multitude of talents
More than 60 students from six high schools performed on stage at the Wentz Concert Hall on the campus of North Central College for KidsMatter on April 19. Wrapped in good humor by host and WGN-TV weatherman Paul Conrad, the event was filled with true magic—and some literally as performed by clever magician Blake Grigsby.
In fact, the talent was so exceptional, at one point Conrad, who is also a Waubonsie Valley High School graduate, joked that he was “less impressed about myself.”
Ignite the Nite!, directed by Elic Bramlett and produced by Deb Newman, featured a showcase of 18 music and dance acts built around American Idol finalist Gina Glocksen who performed two songs.
The celebration of talent also included tributes to Mary Ann Bobosky and Marianne Boyajian by KidsMatter Executive Director Idalynn Wenhold and KidsMatter President Ken Parcel. Wenhold referred to Bobosky and Boyajian as KidsMatter’s “Founding Mothers” for their part in bringing community partners together to establish the nonprofit organization in 2001 after a survey revealed the need “to help kids cope” was growing at all levels. For the last decade, KidsMatter has helped to equip youth and families with tools to manage the stress of everyday life through dynamic school and community programs, practical education, resources and recognition.
Thanks to all students for giving their time and talents to benefit KidsMatter. Thanks to the School of Performing Arts for presenting the program and to Belgio’s Catering for the before-the-show reception. And thanks to all parents, schools, teachers and sponsors for supporting the arts!
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