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Lincoln High advanced concert choir raising trip money

Students to perform at New York City?s Carnegie in 2013
By: Stephanie Dumm News Messenger Reporter
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Know and Go: Vaudeville Troupe Benefit Show When: 2 p.m. on May 20 Where: Lincoln High School theater, 790 J Street Tickets: $10 Info: 645-6360 or 408-3654 Z-Factor When: 7 p.m. on May 11 Where: Lincoln High School theater 790 J Street Tickets: $5 for adults, $3 for students and seniors Info: 645-6360 Fundraising for the Lincoln High School advanced concert choir?s trip to Carnegie Hall starts this month with both a vaudeville show and a musical talent event. Lincoln High School choir director Cindy Hagman said students need to raise $96,000, or $2,400 per student, for an April 4-9 2013 trip to New York City. The students will perform music with other choirs from around the nation during a concert at Carnegie Hall, according to Hagman. When not rehearsing, students will also sightsee. A similar trip was made by the choir in 2011. ?I feel more confident knowing the ropes a little but I also know the amount of energy it will take on the part of the whole community to get them there,? Hagman said. ?It?s a gigantic effort and something Lincoln can be proud of.? On May 11, eight Lincoln High School alumni and six district teachers will perform in a ?musical talent show,? Hagman said, which is being called Z-Factor. ?Some of the teachers on campus had volunteered to perform, both singing and talent,? Hagman said. Lincoln High School drama teacher Ed Cummins will sing some Ray Stevens songs. Cummins described Stevens as a ?comedic country singer.? ?I just think it?s a wonderful opportunity for our students to go to New York and sing at Carnegie Hall,? Cummins said. ?If I can help them in a little way by singing a goofy song, that?s easy.? Cummins, who will retire in June after 34 years at Lincoln High School, will sing about retirement. His last play, ?You Can?t Take it With You,? is running 7 p.m. this Friday and both 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. this Saturday at the school. Cummins said the trip to Carnegie Hall and New York City ?will be a memory they will never forget.? ?What a wonderful experience,? Cummins said. ?There?s just not enough words to explain to the kids what they will take away.? Debra Azar, a first- and fifth-grade music teacher at Carlin C. Coppin and Foskett Ranch Elementary schools, will sing songs from the musical ?Carousel.? Since she has taught in the district since 2000, Azar said, some of her former students will be headed to Carnegie. ?I?m really proud of them for sticking together and pulling this off,? Azar said. ?I think that it?s a wonderful thing. When I was 17, I got to go to New York City and Washington, D.C. to promote the peanut industry. I had never flown on an airplane. That was a big thing for me.? Azar said she traveled to New York City and Washington D.C. after earning the title of Alabama Peanut Queen. ?I can imagine it?s a really big thing for the kids,? Azar said. On May 20, the Lincoln Hills Vaudeville Troupe will ?perform our favorite and most entertaining numbers,? said troupe member Marina Eugenios. Vaudeville ?originated as a series of entertaining, unrelated acts performed as family entertainment,? according to Eugenios. The May 20 show will include vocalists, novelty numbers, illusionists, stand-up comedians and cloggers, Eugenios said. Eugenios said it was ?an honor? that the chorus was asked to perform at Carnegie Hall. ?Many kids might not be able to travel to New York and how many people have actually been to Carnegie Hall to watch a performance, let along perform?? Eugenios said. ?I think they will be proud of themselves that they?ve accomplished this.?