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High School Graduations Approaching; Celebrate Safely

Area high schools are preparing for graduation ceremonies across the Kankakee Valley as soon-to-be-graduates prepare for life after high school. West Central High School students will be the first to graduate while South Central High School students will undergo their graduation ceremonies last, but police will be on high-alert, searching for intoxicated and unrestrained drivers, so adults are strongly encouraged not to provide alcohol for graduation parties and to keep tabs on graduates attending parties to ensure they are being responsible.

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Area Proms Prompt Law Enforcement to Step up DUI Patrols

With area schools holding their proms and post-prom events within the next month, local law enforcement departments are stepping up DUI patrols throughout their communities. Police will saturate areas around each prom and post-prom site in an effort to cut down on potential alcohol and drug use, with a zero-tolerance policy toward the possession and consumption of alcoholic beverages. In addition, those who provide alcohol to minors will be targeted and jailed.

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Maxinkuckee Players to Select Summer Production

The Maxinkuckee Players will be voting this Sunday on this summer’s annual production.

They will be selecting one musical from the following five choices: Sound of Music, Cinderella, My Fair Lady, Oliver, or Willy Wonka.

The members will be meeting at 2:30 p.m. ET to make the selection and will have a call out for a selection of a director for the summer production. The musical will take to the stage in six performances in late July and early August.

Maxinkuckee Players Gearing Up For Opening Night

The Maxinkuckee Players will be taking on one of their biggest challenges yet as they prepare for their opening night of Crazy For You at Culver High School. Three of the Players were in the WKVI studios yesterday to talk about the musical play, and Gregg Underwood – who will be playing Bobby Child and Bela Zangler in the play – says it’s a tough show, but they’re ready.

“This is probably one of the biggest challenges that the Players have taken on,” said Underwood. “Lot of choreography, lot of dancing, and we were able to recruit some really talented younger individuals this year that have just stepped up to the plate and are just knocking it out of the park.”

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Jeremiah Harvey Named WKVI/Tyler Roth Athlete of the Year

Mr. Roth, Trenda Garcia, Jeremiah Harvey, Mrs. Roth and Harold Welter

Our Tyler Roth/WKVI Athlete of the Year for the 2010-2011 sports season is Jeremiah Harvey, a member of the Football, Wrestling and Track teams at Culver High School.

Jeremiah capped a remarkable Senior season with a State Championship in the Heavyweight division at the State Wrestling Meet in February, and will be further recognized as a member of the North All-Star Team in their game against the South in July. Continue reading

Auditions for ‘Nunsense: The Mega-Musical’ Scheduled for May 7th

Auditions for the Maxinkuckee Players 2011 production of “Nunsense: The Mega-Musical” are set for Saturday, May 7th in Culver. Three sessions: 9:00 a.m. to Noon, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., and 5:00-9:00 p.m. ET are scheduled at the Culver High School choir room.

There are two female lead roles in the show, six secondary roles for either male or females and a number of people are needed for the chorus. There is a lot of singing and according to the Director, Becky Liechty, “reasonable” dancing for all. You can call Becky at (574) 941-2343 or reach her at bliechty@embarqmail,com if you have questions or need additional details.

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Piano Players Needed for Summer Production of ‘Nunsense-The Mega Musical’

The Maxinkuckee Players are looking for more than singers and dancers for their 2011 summer production of Nunsense-The Mega Musical. Director Becky Liechty says the group is looking for two piano players as well. Call her at (574) 941-2343 for information.

Auditions for roles are scheduled for Saturday, May 7th in the choir room at the Culver High School. There are acting and singing roles for about half-a-dozen adults and roles for many chorus members. Ms. Liechty says a lot of singing and “reasonable” dancing is required by the entire cast. Unfortunately, the show does not have parts for younger children.

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