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Youth music fills the air in Port Orchard

Jordan McCourt, 10, sings a solo rendition of Silent Night before being joined on stage by her fellow singers at the Port Orchard Pavilion Dec. 21. - Photo by Wes Morrow, Port Orchard Independent
Jordan McCourt, 10, sings a solo rendition of Silent Night before being joined on stage by her fellow singers at the Port Orchard Pavilion Dec. 21.
— image credit: Photo by Wes Morrow, Port Orchard Independent

Moments before the show started, as around 70 kids stood back stage, Amy DeAngelo Hines looked at all of her students.

“I love you,” Hines said.

The response filled the room, spilling out into the venue where parents, friends and locals waited.

“We love you, too,” yelled back all 70 children.

The Most Famous Kids in Town” program took to the stage Dec. 21 at the Port Orchard Pavilion.

The program is entering its second year teaching kids all the aspects of performing, from singing to dancing and the occasional acting.

Hines started the program in Port Orchard last year after she got sick and had to stop touring.

Her love of music may only be passed by her love for the kids she teaches.

Hines said her goal is “to put them where I always dreamed I could be at that age.”

The program has three different age groups: minis, juniors and teens. Juniors and teens are divided into three levels themselves, starting with Shooting Stars, then Glee Stars and Glee Superstars.

The point of the program is to show kids what they’re capable of and help them grow the tools they need to succeed.

According to Hines, it doesn’t matter whether a student is in Shooting Stars or Glee Superstars,  it’s all about developing their individual voices and talents.

“All our superstars came from there, so it works,” Hines said.

“The Most Famous Kids in Town” have performed at venues like the Kitsap County Fair, Whaling Days and the Port Orchard Parade.

Their winter performance Friday night was an extensive production, with more than 90 hours going into costuming alone.

The show combined Christmas music and scenery with faith themed classic rock.

At one point in the show, a number of young girls dressed as Santa’s elves are tinkering with small trumpets, when suddenly one jumps up and begins to pantomime playing along to the music as a Stevie Wonder song plays.

At another point, a handful of men dressed as event security with matching green tutus take the stage with Santa Claus, bursting into a fast-paced Christmas rendition of “Gangnam Style.”

“I loved it, drop-dead loved it,” said audience member Maria Grice, after the show.

Grice’s friend, Oriana Ruscigno also had high praise for the show.

“It was so cool, five Os in cool,” Ruscigno said. “It was one step up from last year.”

Ted Brown Music sponsored the event, providing much of the sound and stage equipment. Hines said their hope was to gather enough revenue through the show to purchase the equipment Ted Brown had loaned them.

“The Most Famous Kids in Town” perform multiple shows a year and work on a 16 week session.

Information on future shows or the group itself can be found at TheiiTFactor.com

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