Patrons wait to enter the auditorium prior to the show
KIDS From Wisconsin rock the house
A nearly packed auditorium greeted the KIDS From Wisconsin as they brought their "No Place We'd Rather Be" concert to New Berlin Eisenhower Middle/High School on Friday, Aug. 21. During their two 40-minute sets, the 33-member troupe sang, danced and played their way through a wide range of music, including hits from Journey, as well as Carole King, Bruno Marx, and Taylor Swift. The 20 singer-dancers were backed by band that included a 7-piece brass section, which separately took center stage and treated everyone to music from Frank Sinatra and Chicago.
Their second set featured an extensive review of work from the musical "Bullets Over Broadway." The KIDS capped off the evening with a touching patriotic number that including parts of "God Bless America" and "America The Beautiful." Their well-choreographed routines generated hearty applause throughout the concert and a standing ovation at the end.
"It's a really great experience," bass player Isaac Surprenant commented afterward. "It's the best musical training you can have at this age." The New Berlin native will be a sophomore at UW-Madison this year.
That feeling was echoed by the group's other "hometown KID," Kyle Johnson-Evers of Muskego. "[It's] one of the best opportunities for someone this age to be in a group like this," the 19-year-old keyboardist says.
This image shows KIDS greeting patrons after the concert. Isaac Surprenant is at far left. Kyle Johnson-Evers is in the center, wearing the red vest.
Executive Director Tina Weiss was touched by the effort she witnessed this season. "They took a piece of my heart," she says, adding that she was impressed with the talent and passion displayed by the KIDS. Weiss, in her second season as executive director, notes that these young people form friendships that will endure for a lifetime.
We sold 475 tickets for this, our second annual KIDS From Wisconsin concert. Only a smattering of open seats were available in the newly renovated Lohmiller-Sutherland Theater. A majority of the proceeds, which are still being tallied, will be donated to the school district's music program.
Rotary Club of New Berlin would like to thank the advertisers, sponsors, patrons, and--of course--the KIDS for making this concert a resounding success.
World Affairs Seminar leaves impression on New Berlin youth
The four New Berlin high school students would attended World Affairs Seminar this summer returned on July 22 to share their experiences. Rotary Club of New Berlin is proud to again sponsor two New Berlin students to that prestigious event. (School District of New Berlin also sponsored two students.)
Attending were Margaret C. and Megan W. from New Berlin Eisenhower and Manisha V. and Danny W. from New Berlin West. Each offered some thoughts about the program.
Danny and Manisha appreciated meeting people from across the US and all over the world, including Canada, Africa, the Cayman Islands and Great Britain. Presenters said that the world will need multiple sources of energy to solve our energy problems. They noted major companies represented included WE Energies, General Electric and Johnson Controls.
Margaret: Said this was the most amazing thing she has experienced. She really liked the ice breakers, during which she met people from 22 states and 13 countries. She learned that compressed algae could be a source of energy. She took part in a field trip to General Electric to learn more about their operations. Had fun during the talent show at the end of the program. Has set a goal for our Interact Club to work with many students toward a really big project.
Megan: Like the others, she enjoyed meeting people from other areas. For her, those included Canada, Norway and the east coast, to name a few. She was impressed to learn the that wasting less food could save so much energy. She really liked the dance at the end, especially after getting to know so many people. Her takeaway was the value of community gardens. She hopes more people will grow their own food, which will save energy and cut down on food waste.
World Affairs Seminar
is an initiative of Rotary District 6270, which comprises most of the clubs in Wisconsin. These events are designed to create global leaders and citizens through an international seminar with an innovative, rigorous program. The course is held at Carroll University in Waukesha, Wis., and involves high school students from across the US and around the world. The theme for this year's program, which ran June 20-26, was "Global Energy: Who's Got The Power?"