RIPON TEEN ALEX Hatcher still remembers the first time he saw the Kids from Wisconsin perform. He was 10, and they were filling the Ripon High School auditorium with joyous music and dancing. “The energy!” he said. “Everyone was really talented, which was amazing. Everyone looked like they loved what they were doing. “I wanted to do that someday.”
Today is that day.
... After working and training and proving himself since that day he first saw the Kids, Alex now is a Kid. His first performance as part of the state’s “Musical Ambassadors of Goodwill” was held Tuesday at Wisconsin Lutheran College, where he performed as a tenor in the troupe.
It’s the culmination of weeks of round-the-clock hard work, but he wouldn’t trade a moment of it. He’s now a Kid from Wisconsin.
Local residents, though, hoping to see him perform won’t have to go nearly that far. Alex and the rest of the Kids will be coming to Markesan High School Wednesday, July 2 for a 7 p.m. show.
... “It’s really going to knock their socks off,” Alex said. “We have some really exciting numbers.”
... Alex hasn’t always had the chops to be a Kid. In fact, until he saw that performance at age 10, he really wasn’t on a path to be a Kid. “I didn’t really start working on my voice and my dancing until Kids,” he said.
... FRANKLY, ALEX doesn’t regret joining one bit. Especially with the prospect of performing for his hometown crowd next week. “Honestly, I really am excited, but I have a lot of nerves,” he said. “I’m really proud about what we’ve accomplished in camp. I’ve dreamed of being on-stage, but I didn’t think it would happen.
“This is like a milestone, where a dream has come true, kind of where the dream started.”
To read the entire column, see the Jun 26, 2014 edition of The Ripon Commonwealth Press.