Freeport High School’s Showtime 27 opens April 12

FREEPORT—It’s that time again—it’s Showtime!

This musical variety show, put on by Freeport High School’s (FHS) show choir, is one of Freeport’s better-kept secrets!

If you like great jazz and fast-paced musical entertainment, then Showtime 27 is a must-see. (You could even get picked to be in the show!)

This year’s theme song is “Listen to the Music” with musical selections running the gamut of contemporary styles.

FHS’s top jazz band will open with the downbeat at 7:30 p.m.; Showtime 27 will begin at 8:30 p.m. Performances are April 12-14 and 19-21; the cost of a ticket is $6, and availability is limited.

However, if reserved seating is sold out, you can attend the preview show Wednesday, April 11, for a $3 general admission; this show begins at 7:30 p.m. (Any youth present are usually invited to join performers on stage for a brief dancing and singing lesson to feel what it is like to perform in front of a live crowd.)

Showtime was the brainchild of Jeff Lehmann when he was a fairly new music teacher at FHS. Early on, Lehmann decided to offer a unique and challenging learning experience to students, one that would touch their lives and bring out their best and the best of the community.

For eight years running, Freeport School District has received national recognition as one of the top 100 musical high school programs in the country under Lehmann’s leadership.

Lehmann believes children must be taught to challenge themselves to produce the highest-quality work they can as individuals and as a team, and so he created this touring musical variety show that provides that training.

There’s nothing average about Lehmann, and you will find nothing average about Showtime 27!

Call 815-232-0461 for tickets.

The Trove offers chance to win tickets

The Trove is one of Freeport’s newer businesses. The place is filled with all sorts of treasures in an old location. The Trove is at 16 W. Clark (westbound Hwy. 75) across from the U.S. Bank building downtown.

Owner Randy Skeens wants the community to know he supports Freeport’s youth, and believes in preserving Freeport’s rich history. He wants to do whatever he can to show his community support.

That said, for just stopping by The Trove, Skeens wishes to promote the great work of Freeport High School’s (FHS) Showtime 27 ensemble by offering visitors to his store the opportunity to register to win one of two pairs of Showtime 27 tickets for the finale performance of Showtime 27 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, April 21 (a pair is valued at $12).

And while visiting The Trove, Skeens also wants you to consider signing up to volunteer some time or resources to help organize a community effort to save the Germania (old City Lights), and/or to consider donating money to stabilize (mothball) the Germania so we can attract someone or some group to restore it as a regional destination point.

While owner/operator Randy Skeens is planning for the grand opening, he wants you to know The Trove opened in December 2006 and has the gifts and accessories you desire for Easter, Mother’s Day, graduation or for that perfect birthday or anniversary gift.

The Trove features a variety of gifts, products and services for the discerning customer and/or free-spirited entrepreneur because, not only does he sell locally-manufactured products and make custom accessories, flowers and gift baskets, but he can also custom order just about anything. He will also sell your “trove of treasures” on consignment for you.

Call 815-233-4562 for more information, or stop by The Trove and register to win while you shop Freeport’s treasures.

from the April 4-10, 2007, issue

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