Wednesday night was a homecoming for one Emily Jones of Shawano
“I have been talking about it for about a week now”
Emily Jones said her home show was everything she dreamed of it being. Wednesday Jones and the rest of the Kids from Wisconsin put on a two hour show that featured singing, dancing and instrumental music. The tour group wowed the Shawano crowd, and hometown girl Emily Jones was a crowd favorite. Jones sadi she is a little home sick, so coming home was a great chance to see family and friends. She said the experience has been unforgettable.
“It feels to be back home on the Shawano stage” Jones said. “Being away from family and friends is hard, but it is just so worth it in the end. I am learning so much” Jones added.
The Shawano show was show 12 of 63. The group still has performances nearby in Oshkosh on July 9th, Antigo on July 18, Stevens Point on July 20, New London on July 27th, Green Bay on August 17th. The group will also perform daily shows at Wisconsin State Fair August 3rd through August 13th.
This year’s theme is “Head out on the Highway” included music from the Blues Brothers, Elvis and Broadway. It also included classic county and Motown.
“I see the other kids have their home show and it is so neat to finally get a chance to feel what that feels like” Jones said. “I have been to many Kids from Wisconsin shows and Shawano is always so welcoming for their hometown kid.”
During her four years at Shawano High Emily was active in the music program, participating in both the wind ensemble and competing throughout the Midwest with the award-winning jazz ensemble. She also had the opportunity to play trombone in the pit orchestra for the school’s production of “The Wizard of Oz”, “Seven Brides for Seven Brothers” and most recently, “Mary Poppins”. This fall she will be attending the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point for a degree in Instrumental Music Education and Jazz Studies.
In their 49th season, the Kids from Wisconsin will perform for more than 120,000 across Wisconsin and the Midwest, with great entertainment by some of Wisconsin’s most talented performers ages 15-20. The revue is produced in collaboration with some of the best writers, arrangers, and choreographers across the country.
Other local performers in the Stage Band include Doug Benishek and Isaac Cuellar of Antigo.
Other local performers in the singing and dancing group include Sierra Besaw of Green Bay, Brennon Brown of Antigo, Alyssa Eiden of Amherst, Mallory Fuhrmann of De Pere and Emelia Roberts of New London.
Trent Kloehn of New London is a Understudy.