Everyone should see “Shake”
The production of the musical “Shake,” now playing at the Golden Chain Theatre, is in a word, spectacular.
The opening chorus is wonderfully energetic, the band is sensational, and the choreography is great. Plenty of vibe and fluidity with each dancing number.
The costumes fit well with each character’s own style and genre for the 1964 era. The characters themselves are fantastic, and each had their own personality which helped to make them hilarious by being caricatures of those styles. Like the school principal and gym teacher for instance, those two are a riot when they come on stage.
There of course are many other things with the storyline. Sweet moments, deep moments, and the upbeat music.
My personal favorite scene was when the students put their differences aside and worked together to put on a fundraiser to raise money for the arts department so the classes wouldn’t be cut. There was also amazing singing along with choreography that all the actors did. This was a testament to the Golden Chain Theatre’s cast members abilities to simultaneously sing and dance, not an easy feat.
The songs were fabulous. I adored “Come a Little Bit Closer” by Jay and the Americans. Great vocals with that song especially.
There is a great scene when the new foreign exchange student is teaching the other students how to dance - even the school janitor gets involved.
So many great and emotional scenes packed into this production, you just don’t know what to love most.
Erik Sotelo did a great job on his debut performance as the leading male role.
“Shake” is a wonderful and energetic show that everyone should see.
Ninamarie Camarena, Ahwahnee
Appalled and upset
Bravo Diane Peterson and Bass Lake Lions! (She refers to the story, “No Livescans for Lions Camp,” in the March 8 edition of the Sierra Star).
As a social worker (retired) who spent more than 30 years in Child Welfare and Child Protective Services, I can think of no valid reason for an organization not to require Livescans for anyone working with children at camps, in schools, or any other venue serving children. Call me cynical but, I can think of only reason to object to the process.
Livescan is a simple, non-invasive (and, in Madera County, free for any nonprofit service organization) background check to ensure that known child molesters, pedophiles and/or drug dealers or violent criminals are not allowed to volunteer to work with our children and grandchildren.
My husband, Ed Koehler, is an active member of the Bass Lake Lions Club. We have worked hundreds of hours on fundraising projects, including many for Camp Pacifica. Ed served on the camp board for several years until failing eyesight and frustration forced his recent resignation.
We are appalled that the board appears to be more interested in protecting themselves rather than protecting the children entrusted to their care.
We will no longer support Camp Pacifica personally, or attend any fundraising events for the camp.
Lions, parents, and grandparents throughout the state, country, and internationally need to go on record as favoring the background check requirement for volunteers who work with children.
Peg Sullivan, Bass Lake