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Cast from 'Dream Girls' visits elementary choir class

Cast members from the musical Dream Girls visited choir students at John Wetten Elementary this week. In town for performances at Portland Center Stage, the cast is based in New York City, where several have performed on Broadway.

Photo Credit: PHOTO COURTESY: LESLIE ROBINETTE - Cast members from the musical 'Dream Girls' met with the John Wetten Elementary Choir to inspire Gladstone students considering a performing arts career.“The cast members sang for us, our choir sang for them, and then we all sang together,” said music teacher Kelly Jacobs. Students were able to ask questions and learn about what it's like to be a professional actor and singer.”

Five of the Gladstone students have been accepted to the Oregon All State Elementary Choir. In January, Gabrielle Smantel, Hayleeann Scollard, Monelle Lumapas, Taylor Kolibaba, and Avery Williams will travel to Eugene to sing with other students from across the state.

“It is a great honor to be in the All State Choir,” said Jacobs. “These students will spend two days singing and challenging themselves both musically and personally. We are very proud to have them represent Gladstone.”

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