Glitz and glamour

Athey Idol sure to entertain while raising funds for middle school programs
by: Vern Uyetake Laurel Sleeper (left) and Kylee Kamikawa, both seventh graders at Athey Creek Middle School, will perform at Athey Idol on Oct. 13.

No, Ryan Seacrest is not hosting. And, no, Jennifer Lopez and Steven Tyler won't be there. But, the upcoming Athey Idol is sure to showcase top talent and highlight great performances.

Athey Creek Middle School is holding its 8th annual night of singing and performing, similar to the show 'American Idol,' on Oct. 13.

'There's lights, there's glimmer,' said the event's co-chair Liz Sleeper. 'The kids dress to the nines.'

The event is a fundraiser for the choir and drama programs at the school.

The concept was created by a couple of parents and it proved to be a profitable fundraiser for the school. Since its inception, the event has raised $50,000.

Proceeds not only fund the customary needs of the choir and drama programs but also fund special items such as curtains, concert pianos, a power amplifier and microphones. This year, the departments are looking to replace the stage curtains and purchase additional risers to accommodate the larger class sizes.

The evening will consist of 30 performances from students who are all in the choir or drama programs. This year, there are more boys than usual, according to co-chair Shelly Kamikawa, with three boys participating.

'The kids really get into their roles,' said Kamikawa. 'They get the crowd engaged.'

There will be a wide variety of music represented, including songs from the show 'Glee,' music of Barbara Streisand, pop, rock and even some oldies.

'People can expect a variety of music,' said Kamikawa. 'We want everybody to come.'

The judges for the evening will be Wilsonville High School choir director Sue Schreiner, middle school theater director Ginger Moshofski and Athey band and orchestra director Laura Arthur.

But the judges don't have all the power; audience participation is encouraged at Athey Idol. Members of the audience may buy 'votes' for their favorite performers. The singer or group with the most votes wins the evening.

'Voting is just such a fun way to encourage every child,' said Kamikawa. 'There's nothing more special than when you see a child having fun.'

Students who have performed as sixth, seventh and eighth graders will receive the Director's Choice Award.

There will be a dress rehearsal on Wednesday, Oct. 12, at 6:30 p.m. The public is invited to that as well. General admission is $5.

On Thursday, Oct. 13, the doors open at 7 p.m. with the show starting shortly after. Tickets are $7.50 for general admission, $15 for reserved seats and $25 for premium seats.

For more ticket information, visit the school's website at Click on the Athey Idol link on the left. Tickets can also be purchased at the school's office.