Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Feb. 15: 20th anniversary of 'Early Child's a Star' set for Woodland Performing Arts Center

Media release: Advocates for Children is proud to announce the twentieth anniversary of the perennial fundraising favorite, Every Child's A Star.  The stars of tomorrow are busy polishing their acts for the Friday, February 15  7:30 p.m. performance, to be held again this year at the lovely Woodland High School Performing Arts Center. The show promises acts that will appeal to everyone: singers, dancers, a couple of rock groups, an all guys ensemble, gymnastics, jump ropers, and even a self written monologue from our primary category." Prizes are awarded in Primary, Elementary, Middle and High School age groups, to the best group, and to the Overall Winner.  An additional prize goes to the performer who sells the most tickets.


The production is truly a community effort, far too large an undertaking for any one person. Miss Avian Brown, Bartow's and Georgia's Distinguished Young Woman (DYW), is the emcee this year.  In addition to the 29 acts, 2012 overall winner Morgan Cornwell will make a special appearance.  All acts are rated G for children of all ages, and each performer raises money by selling at least 10 tickets.  


Regina Gilbert is this year's producer, and she has assembled a remarkable team to help her.   The Woodland CATS ensemble is the major partner in the production.  The county School Board, Assistant Principal Dr. Butler, Booster Club Tom Stuart and Drama Director Elissa Marks are all on the team.  The CATS students will perform during the intermission, with songs from their own February show, All Shook.  Businesses helping include Summit Risk Advisors, Renasant Bank, Expedition Church, Lake Point Church band, Bartow's DYW program and Georgia's 4-H Leadership in Action grant. Bartow County 4-H will run concessions.


 For twenty years, Every Child has given young performers a chance to shine in the spotlight on the stage.  Even more importantly, each young performer is giving back to the community, "kids helping kids." Programs include Court Appointed Special Advocates, Rainbows, Safe Place, A Better Way Children's Advocacy Center, a new in-home parenting program called Hope in Your Home, First Steps, and of course the Flowering Branch Children's Shelter. All of Advocates' programs are committed to help prevent Child Abuse, or to help those who are already its victims. So even if the performance were not so professional, it's the right thing to do!  Come out and cheer for your favorite family members, friends, neighbors and classmates.


2013 also marks the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of Advocates for Children.  Every Child's A Star is just the first event to celebrate this milestone in caring for kids and their families, offering safety, comfort and hope to over 2,600 kids every year.


Tickets are $10, and are available from all the performers, at the door, and at (Click "Donate Now" and include in the Notes box the name of the ECAS performer who should receive credit for the sale.) 


For questions please call Advocates at 770-387-1143.

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