DUNCAN, Okla._Four of the solo performers in Saturday night's United Way of Stephens County's Follies III are Duncan Middle School students.
The performers may be young, but don't let their age fool you because Lily Garrett, Lillie Hogdson, Ensley Kohout and Caden Spurgin are stage veterans. All four of them have studied at the Hodgson School of Music and Drama, performed at the Duncan Little Theatre and have been a part of school honor choirs.
Other performers include Shana Ford, Penny Gardner, Ken Jones and Jamie Tisdale. A finale will include all singers and a Follies Favorite will be selected by the audience.
"It's simply an amazing group of young people who love to perform," Veronica Hodgson, director of the Hodgson studio, said. "They're good young people inside and out and we're excited the United Way has given us this opportunity to perform. It's our way of giving back to the community."
Garrett, an eighth grader, will sing "Fight On." She was active in the summer New York group and will make her Lawton Community Theatre debut in September as Sally Brown in "You're a Good Man Charlie Brown." Twelve-year-old Lillie Hodgson studies piano under Dr. Hyunsoon Whang at Cameron University and will sing, "Put on a Happy Face." She spent the summer in New York performing Peter Pan Junior and will be in Shrek the Musical in November for the Hodgson Studio.
Kohout, also 12, won the youth talent division at the Stephens County Fair and will sing, "Orange Colored Sky." She performed in the junior version of Anything Goes in New York and has played the role of Louisa in Duncan Little Theatre's The Sound of Music, the Wicked Witch of the West in Wizard of Oz and the title role in Mulan at Hodgson Studio. Thirteen-year-old Spurgin has now participated in iTheatrics for two summers. He plays in the New Hope Baptist hand bell choir, was Friedrich in DLT's The Sound of Music, the Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz and Shane in Mulin.
Saturday's two-hour long Follies III performance starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Duncan Golf and Tennis Club and launches the 2015-2016 United Way campaign. A limited supply of $10 tickets remain.