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Singers and musicians from Walker Performing Arts featured at Arts in the Park

June 23, 2013|By JULIE E. GREENE | julieg@herald-mail.com
  • Patrick Prunty, 14, and Addison Prosser, 14, both of Hagerstown, sing Sunday at the band shell in Hagerstown's City Park while performing with Walker Performing Arts and Hagerstown Children's Theater during Arts in the Park.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

Local youngsters shone Sunday afternoon at Hagerstown’s City Park as the latest installment of Arts in the Park featured singers and musicians from Walker Performing Arts.

Approximately 100 people gathered around the park’s band shell to watch the youths, several of whom sang songs from musicals such as “The Sound of Music,” “Smile,” “Les Miserables” and “Oklahoma!”

Elisa Shaw, 10, of Williamsport, sang four songs, including ABBA’s “Dancing Queen” and “Castle on a Cloud” from “Les Miserables.”

“I love attention, so I love being the center of attention and it’s really fun,” Elisa said after the concert.

Siobhan Sungenis, 12, of the Greencastle, Pa., area, said she feels “at home” when she sings.

“I feel like the world is just cut off,” said Siobhan, who sang “Disneyland” from the musical “Smile.”

Alli Jacobson, 10, of Hagerstown, sang the national anthem — the first time she has done so publicly.

Alli said she thought she did a “pretty good” job, but could have done better if she had more time to practice.

“Well, I love to sing, so that’s what I do most of the time,” she said.

The children were with Walker Performing Arts and its nonprofit Hagerstown Children’s Theater. Walker Performing Arts is based at the Academy Theater in downtown Hagerstown.

The Arts in the Park summer series is being co-produced by Historic City Park Neighborhoods 1st and the City of Hagerstown.

The concert also included an instrumental performance by saxophone-playing brothers — Cameron, 10, and 12-year-old twins Jordan and Jalen — also known as the Jones Project.

Bonnie and Dan Elgin brought their grandchildren, Lexi, 10, and Aidan, 18 months, to the concert.

“I think it’s wonderful. ... Small-town America is just the best,” said Bonnie Elgin of Hagerstown.

Hagerstown resident America Brosius attended the concert with her husband, Ray, and their three children, Savannah, 8; Sydney, 3; and Sierra, 2.

“It was good,” Savannah said.

The concert featured at least two duets from “The Sound of Music,” which Brosius said is Savannah’s favorite musical.

In addition to “Sixteen Going on Seventeen,” the performance included a song from the stage version of “The Sound of Music” called “How Can Love Survive?”

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