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A rockin’ time at Chautauqua

Sam Plauche and Grace Riggs dance together in a rousing version of “Rockin’ Robin” at the Third-Grade Performance on June 6. The three third-grade classes sang and danced to 40 songs during the show, which teachers believe celebrated its 30th year this year.  Each fall the classes begin learning music from the 1930s on, with an Americana theme, according to teacher Sharon Boyer. The kids learn about 60 songs, performing the best ones for the show. Friday’s performance included “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Purple People Eater” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” The third-grade teachers raise money each year to pay accompanist Maggie Laird, whose husband Todd Zimberg surprised the kids and played the drums the night of the show. The show is a tremendous amount of work, Boyer, said, “But the rewards are unbelievable.” - Mike Urban photo
Sam Plauche and Grace Riggs dance together in a rousing version of “Rockin’ Robin” at the Third-Grade Performance on June 6. The three third-grade classes sang and danced to 40 songs during the show, which teachers believe celebrated its 30th year this year. Each fall the classes begin learning music from the 1930s on, with an Americana theme, according to teacher Sharon Boyer. The kids learn about 60 songs, performing the best ones for the show. Friday’s performance included “Singin’ in the Rain,” “Purple People Eater” and “Puttin’ on the Ritz.” The third-grade teachers raise money each year to pay accompanist Maggie Laird, whose husband Todd Zimberg surprised the kids and played the drums the night of the show. The show is a tremendous amount of work, Boyer, said, “But the rewards are unbelievable.”
— image credit: Mike Urban photo

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