CLAYTON Darien B. Frederick, one of the four seniors involved in the annual Valentine dessert theater and silent auction at Thousand Islands Central High School, has learned a thing or two about the event over the years, such as its popularity.
We recommend people get here early, Miss Frederick said.
This is the fourth year Miss Frederick has been involved in the event, which was created by Thousand Islands Central High School music teacher and choral director Kathyrn Ingerson 16 years ago. Audience members normally fill the districts 500-seat high school auditorium at the event.
The annual dessert theater is a great way to celebrate Valentines Day as a community, said Mrs. Ingerson. Winter can become very dreary here in the north country.
This years event is at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a performance at 7 p.m.
We see all kinds of people coming out for the show, from the youngest kids in school all the way up to seniors in the community, said senior Erick K. Lange, one of the 16 members of the Select Ensemble.
The dessert theater and silent auction raise about $3,500 and $4,500, respectively, each year, according to Mrs. Ingerson. Funds are used for the 16-member vocal ensemble to attend judged competitions. This year, proceeds will help pay for the Select Ensembles participation in an adjudicated Rhythms International festival in Maryland in the spring.
Desserts at Wednesdays event are being provided by local vendors. Silent auction items, ranging from artwork to gift cards from big-box stores, also were donated by businesses, groups and individuals in the community. Coffee and desserts will be served beginning at 6:15 p.m.. Thats also when bidding begins on auction items.
There will be a 15-minute intermission during the concert in which people can check on the bidding process.
This years musical program highlights contemporary music, including Imagine Dragons, Coldplay and Pitch Perfect. The orchestra will pay tribute to American band leader, composer and keyboardist Herbie Hancock. The students are being advised on their choreography by Los Angeles dancer Robert Amore, brother of Mrs. Ingerson.
He sent clips of the dances on YouTube for the group, Mrs. Ingerson said. It is the first time we attempted this kind of arrangement, but we really wanted to collaborate.
The students are enjoying the variety of music.
We have a lot of different kinds of music, like rock, rap and a lot of hip hop, said Mr. Lange. Weve got a couple of skits.
The annual event does more than fund the travels of music students and provide entertainment to the community. It has helped the students to grow musically, to conquer their stage fright and to bond as a group of friends.
When I was taking classes for my sophomore year, I needed to broaden my horizons and figure out how to speak in front of people, said senior Kyala E. Clegg, who joined the Select Ensemble in that sophomore year. Its truly been a blessing.
Miss Clegg said shes found a lot of friends through the program.
You are very vulnerable when you sing in front of people, she said. Finding different people who will accept you for different ways is very meaningful. Were having so much fun, I dont want to leave.
Miss Frederick also said that she finds the atmosphere of the Select Ensemble captivating.
Im involved in AP courses, sports and musicals, but theres something about our whole group thats really different from anything else in school, she said.