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Thousand Islands School sweet on Valentine dessert theater, auction


CLAYTON — Darien B. Frederick, one of the four seniors involved in the annual Valentine dessert theater and silent auction at Thousand Islands Central High School, has learned a thing or two about the event over the years, such as its popularity.

“We recommend people get here early,” Miss Frederick said.

This is the fourth year Miss Frederick has been involved in the event, which was created by Thousand Islands Central High School music teacher and choral director Kathyrn Ingerson 16 years ago. Audience members normally fill the district’s 500-seat high school auditorium at the event.

“The annual dessert theater is a great way to celebrate Valentine’s Day as a community,” said Mrs. Ingerson. “Winter can become very dreary here in the north country.”

This year’s event is at 6:15 p.m. Wednesday, followed by a performance at 7 p.m.

“We see all kinds of people coming out for the show, from the youngest kids in school all the way up to seniors in the community,” said senior Erick K. Lange, one of the 16 members of the Select Ensemble.

The dessert theater and silent auction raise about $3,500 and $4,500, respectively, each year, according to Mrs. Ingerson. Funds are used for the 16-member vocal ensemble to attend judged competitions. This year, proceeds will help pay for the Select Ensemble’s participation in an adjudicated Rhythms International festival in Maryland in the spring.

Desserts at Wednesday’s event are being provided by local vendors. Silent auction items, ranging from artwork to gift cards from big-box stores, also were donated by businesses, groups and individuals in the community. Coffee and desserts will be served beginning at 6:15 p.m.. That’s also when bidding begins on auction items.

There will be a 15-minute intermission during the concert in which people can check on the bidding process.

This year’s musical program highlights contemporary music, including Imagine Dragons, Coldplay and Pitch Perfect. The orchestra will pay tribute to American band leader, composer and keyboardist Herbie Hancock. The students are being advised on their choreography by Los Angeles dancer Robert Amore, brother of Mrs. Ingerson.

“He sent clips of the dances on YouTube for the group,” Mrs. Ingerson said. “It is the first time we attempted this kind of arrangement, but we really wanted to collaborate.”

The students are enjoying the variety of music.

“We have a lot of different kinds of music, like rock, rap and a lot of hip hop,” said Mr. Lange. “We’ve got a couple of skits.”

The annual event does more than fund the travels of music students and provide entertainment to the community. It has helped the students to grow musically, to conquer their stage fright and to bond as a group of friends.

“When I was taking classes for my sophomore year, I needed to broaden my horizons and figure out how to speak in front of people,” said senior Kyala E. Clegg, who joined the Select Ensemble in that sophomore year. “It’s truly been a blessing.”

Miss Clegg said she’s found a lot of friends through the program.

“You are very vulnerable when you sing in front of people,” she said. “Finding different people who will accept you for different ways is very meaningful. We’re having so much fun, I don’t want to leave.”

Miss Frederick also said that she finds the atmosphere of the Select Ensemble captivating.

“I’m involved in AP courses, sports and musicals, but there’s something about our whole group that’s really different from anything else in school,” she said.

the details
WHAT: Annual Dessert Theater and Silent Auction presented by the Thousand Islands Select Vocal Ensemble and Dessert Theater Orchestra
WHEN/WHERE: Wednesday at Thousand Islands High School auditorium, 8481 County Road 9, Clayton. Desserts, coffee and bidding begins at 6:15 p.m. Showtime is at 7.
COST: Tickets are $8, or two for $15. Advanced tickets may be purchased at the Koffee Kove Restaurant, 220 James St., or Reinman’s Department Store, 435 Riverside Drive. Tickets also may be ordered by contacting choral director Kathryn Ingerson at 686-5594, ext. 5619, or by emailing her at
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