Blunt musicians deliver Hollywood ending; Onida elementary salutes radio

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Posted: Wednesday, May 16, 2018 1:00 pm

"The Blunt and Onida Spring concerts were both beautifully done," said Onida Elementary Principal Shana Davis. "Students did a great job, and both Mrs. Senftner and Mrs. Paxton did a tremendous job in preparing the concerts given the number of missed rehearsals due to snow days."

‘Beauty, Bridges, and Bands’ was the theme of the Blunt concert held on April 30. The concert opened with fifth grade band students performing ‘Old MacDonald’ and ‘Scooby Doo.’

The vocal production of ‘The Three Billy Goats Gruff’ was performed with each of the elementary students filling a role. Narrators Ely Heuertz and Cynthia Machuca told the fairy tale of the three Billy Goats who wanted to cross the bridge to greener pastures while Alaina DeKrey as Little Billy, Tavery Smith as Middle Billy, and Kale Hill as Big Billy tried to get past Troll Bryson Heuertz spoke and sang the story. The rest of the students as woodland and farm creatures including Tahnie Yellow Hawk as Rabbit, Sebastian Carter as Deer and Joseph Millage as Squirrel expressed sorrow for the Billy Goats’ difficulties.

In the end, the Goats were delivered and the Troll spared Hollywood style, when a talent agent appeared on the scene to tell the Troll about a chance at a film role. The Troll left for Hollywood, the Goats along with the farm and woodlands creatures crossed the bridge to greener pastures, and they all lived Happily Ever After.

‘Tune in to Art, Music, and Song’ was the theme of the spring concert and art show in Onida on May 10. The kindergarten and first graders sang ‘Skidamarink,’ ‘Animal Crackers In My Soup,’ and ‘Ballin’ the Jack’ accompanied by Marla Mosiman. The music of the 1920s, 1940s, 1950s, 1960s, and 1980s was performed by vocalists in grades 3-6. The fifth grade band played ‘Bring on Da Band’ and ‘Valley Circle March’ and the sixth grade band performed ‘Caticulum’ and ‘Ballet of the Gnomes.’

Deejays Nicholas Machuca as Marvelous Mike and Lilly Paxton as Jivin’ Judy along with Decade Diva Mackenzie Nelson spun the hits of the decades in the performance of ‘On the Radio.’

Taydon LaRosh as Pa and Adeline Forgey as Ma did the lead-in to ‘Ain’t We Got Fun’ as a nod to the 1920s.

Sheridan Voorhees and Gavin Barber as Penny and Joey remembered the 1940s with the iconic World War II song ‘Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.’

Complete with white jumpsuit, Gavin Colson as Elvis was joined by Amanda Patrick as Betty, Adrian Gruis as Peggy Sue, Wesley Wittler as Jack, Landon Pullman as Tommy, and Damian Garcia as Jack for the 1950s’ ‘Hound Dog.’

Fifty years after Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band received four Grammy Awards, Father Preston Kinney and Son Trever Marshall were reliving its release in the 1960s.

Students raised their voices in song and kicked up their heels in dance to the 1980s’ ‘Footloose.’ Trichelle White, Trinity Kenzy, Stevie Wittler, Kayden Cronin, Treyton Smith, Payge Bakker, and Mily Vasquez played students 1-7 and Paige Jonas, Brayden Duffel, Aliah Valeros, Nevaeh Miller, Jackson Schmidt, and Tayveon Paxton were the dancers.

Student artwork was on display at both venues, and kindergarten recognition was held during both concerts.

Programs were distributed by Sully County Snow Queen Rachel Guthmiller and Junior Snow Queen Gracie Olivier.

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