• “The Beat Goes On” for KIDS From Wisconsin!

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    April 22, 2019
    After 50 years of entertaining audiences across Wisconsin and beyond, the KIDS beat is stronger than ever in its 51stseason. The curtain opens in June and closes in August, with over 60 performances of “The Beat Goes On.” The troupe is coming to the Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids, on Monday, July 15, featuring music and artists that have stood the test of time.

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    Living legends such as Billy Joel, Tina Turner, and Cher, just to name a few, along with music that is both traditional, award-winning, and notorious, will get audiences on their feet. Music from some super all-stars such as Queenand Gershwinwill keep them wanting more. The songs of today that are featured have beats that will last from now on…as they captivate our younger dreamers and “wannabes” in the audience.
    The iconic sound of the KIDS From Wisconsin band will wow you with some winning tunes from all-time rockers such as the Doobie Brothers, Festival Di Ritmo, some favorite Super Heroes, and more. These band features will get toes tapping to some of rock’s greatest guitar riffs and percussive Latin beats.
    Some of the best-known, beat-filled Broadway tunes will be brought to life in a classic Broadway medley that will make audiences want to stomp, clap, and sing along.
    This year’s talented Hometown KIDS hail from as far north as Eagle River, west to River Falls, east to Kohler, and as far south as Salem! Central Wisconsin is proud to be represented by Megan Shields of Port Edwards. Megan is thrilled to perform for
    a third season. Next fall, she’ll be a senior at John Edwards High School. She began dancing at the age of four and currently trains in all styles at Rapids School of Performing Arts, where she also helps teach young dancers. Additionally, Megan’s choreography has been selected and performed at several of her dance recitals. She’s had the privilege of learning under the direction of a Rockette, and has participated in her region’s All Star Choir, State Honors Choir, and many Solo Ensemble competitions, repeatedly advancing to State.
    The Arts Council of South Wood County is pleased to present the KIDS show at 7:00 p.m. at the Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids on Monday, July 15. Tickets are $16 and may be purchased beginning May 1 at the Arts Council office, 1040 8thStreet South, Suite 101, Wisconsin Rapids; or by phone (715.424.2787); or 24/7 at www.SavorTheArts.org. Rapids School of Performing Arts students will be performing two musical theater numbers prior to the KIDS show, at 6:40 p.m., so arrive early for some added entertainment! Proceeds from the show will be donated to a special fund being established to maintain our beautiful Performing Arts Center.
    A “Realize Your Dream” outreach program will be held at 3:30 p.m. the afternoon of July 15. Troupe members “pay it forward” by teaching performance skills and tools that can be carried into daily life. Since this aligns with the Arts Council’s mission of arts in education, it will again be presented at the Performing Arts Center of Wisconsin Rapids. This is a FREE, one-hour hands-on workshop designed for youth ages 7-14; but pre-registration is required. In addition to the workshop held in the past, a separate workshop for band students provides an opportunity for students to bring their instruments and jam with the KIDS band. All students may register for this workshop at https://www.kidsfromwisconsin.org/outreach. Select the July 15 workshop at the PAC.
    The Realize Your Dream objectives are:
    • To foster appreciation for performance
    • To demonstrate diligence and dedication
    • To build relationships with community youth
    • To connect with a more diverse audience
    • To communicate to youngsters how life’s goals can be attainable by someone just like them
    Wisconsin Rapids area youth gathered for a “Realize Your Dream” workshop
    in 2018 with KIDS From Wisconsin members at the Performing Arts Center.
    Students will once again have the opportunity to
    participate the afternoon of July 15.
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    For additional information regarding this press release, please contact:
    Sally Kissner
    Executive Director
    The Arts Council of South Wood County