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Follies concert offers more than entertainment

June 5, 2014

By Karen Kissiah, The Cheraw Chronicle, S.C.

June 05--The Cheraw Intermediate School Follies are a celebration of life, music, dance, team work, and even cancer research.

"It's a very positive experience for the entire school, and it's for a good cause," said Tracy Hatcher, lead teacher in the organization of the event that involved more than 700 students.

"This event allows every student a chance to shine," said Hatcher. "It also builds confidence and camaraderie."

Each homeroom class in grades 3-5 was part of the program that featured song and dance routines from the year 2000 and beyond. Selections included popular hits such as "Stanky Leg," "Lipgloss," "Gold Digger," "Wobble" and "Happy." Students even had the "Moves like Jagger."

Hatcher initiated the production of this annual event 10 years ago, motivated by the passing of her father, Richard Tankersley. He died of cancer in 2004.

The event has gotten "bigger and better each year," Hatcher said. "Our principal, Scott Eddins, encourages art integration."

Tickets for the event were sold for $5 each. Advance tickets that reserved a seat were sold for $10 apiece.

"We sold 200 tickets in advance," said Hatcher. "That was $2,000 before we opened the doors."

The performance was held in the school cafeteria and the venue was filled to capacity, with some patrons standing. All of the money collected for the event will be donated to Relay for Life.

Hatcher said moving the Follies to the end of the year is another factor in its success. In years past, the event was held in February. By waiting until after PACT testing was over, both the teachers and the students were more relaxed and able to enjoy themselves, said Hatcher.

"The Follies are truly a team effort. Everyone plays a role," said Hatcher. "Every homeroom teacher is involved, the ladies in the front office help with ticket sales, the janitorial staff works late to get everything done. Kris Houser always helps with sound."

Hatcher said she was also grateful for the support of parents, family, and friends, who make up most of the audience.

"It's a fun time for everybody," she said. "Parents get to see their babies on stage. And many of the kids are very talented."

The successful show gives the students a "sense of pride too," said Hatcher. "And it's good for them to have that pat on the back from the community."

-- Reach Staff Writer Karen Kissiah at 843-537-5261.


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