Young performers sing and dance on Fair's opening day

"Photo: Cast members of Nickelodeon, one of the opening day acts at the Island County Fair on Thursday (from left) front: Jennifer O'Connor, Kate Hodges, Lena Ishii, Sarah Shults, Charlotte White, Brittney Blustein, Erin Pierce-Magdalik; middle: Richelle Rorex, Laura Hilton, Matt Statz, Sasha Clyburn, William Riley, Chris Nilson, Andrew Gilkerson, Josh Parker; back: Ryan Karamanyan, Christina Atkinson, Sean Karamanyan, Richard McClean, Jason Bowers, Yosuke and Erin Halliburton.Twenty-two young performers will be singing and dancing on stage at the Pole Building in the song and dance revue Nickelodeon, produced by Whidbey Children's Theater and performed on opening day of the Island County Fair. Directors Martha Murphy, Charlene Brown and Emily Robertson have been working with the group for the past week-and-a half as part of the WCT Summer Drama Program.The choral revue features some 20 classic songs from ragtime to swing under the choral direction of Emily Robertson. The choreography of Charlene Brown, who is assisted by Jamee Brown and Andrea Burr, brings vitality and life to the fast-paced show.Nickelodeon features a Magical Music Machine that will take you where you've never been....with Music! Music! Music! Many of the cast members have appeared in previous WCT productions, while several newcomers, including some out-of-town visitors, will be having their first experience singing and dancing on stage.Cast members include Richelle Rorex, Laura Hilton, Kate Hodges, Erin Halliburton, Brittney Blustein, Lena Ishii, Erin Pierce Magdalik, Sasha Clyburn, Sarah Shults, Charlotte white, Jennifer O'Connor, and Christina Atkinson.Boys in the cast include Matt Statz, Josh Parker, Jason Bowers William Riley, Sean and Ryan Karamanyan, Andre Gilkerson, Chris Nilson, Richard McLean, and Yosuke, a Japanese Exchange Student from Tokyo.Nickelodeon is being performed Thursday, Nov. 17, at 1, 2, 3 and 6 p.m. in the Pole Building. The free show lasts about 20 minutes. For more information, contact Murphy at 221-7880. "

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