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Posted on Apr 5, 2019

Letter to the editor: Performances were outstanding

Performances were outstanding
Recently, the community experienced one of the very finest productions representing 20 years of musicals in Quincy. Everyone agreed and were eager to express their absolute delight.
Directors were Riley Youngren, Eric Van Woert and Sherri Kooy, assisted by Mandy Ottley. Tying the musicals together was a “courting couple,” who danced and provided continuity: Sam Ronish and Madeline Piccolo. Also, Glinda, the beautiful witch, Vonda Harris, and the Wicked Witch, by Sherri Kooy, had comments from the floor near the stage. Riley Youngren was orchestra conductor.
There was a large cast of 32. Some were new to the Quincy stage among the many veterans. The very youngest was Daniel Pinkerton, 3 or 4, who belted out his solo in grand style. Others deserving of honorable mention: Dyanne Solders for many years of playing violin in the QVAA orchestra. Thank you. And what would we do without Sherri Kooy – director, actress, motivator, and everything!
To all involved in this outstanding production, thank you. Thank you. Thank you!
The high school also put on an amazing performance of “Little Shop of Horrors” under the direction of Kylie Youngren. The casting was so well chosen and each actor/actress kept true to their roles. I loved the three girls who appeared singing and dancing throughout the play. Paige Lubach as Audry was delightful and like the rest of the cast very professional. Adrian Herrera did a great job inside the plant. The dentist, Samuel Ronish, made me laugh and marvel at his character. Each participant deserves commendation as does their inspiring teacher and play director, Mrs. Youngren!
And, compliments to the high school music program on the fantastic program March 11. The choral groups under the direction of Kylie Youngren and instrumental groups under direction of Patrick Gordon were so beautifully presented.
Many thanks to students and teachers. You deserve highest praise!
Roxa Kreimeyer,
Quincy