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Tolland Intermediate to Hold Talent Show to Benefit Adam's Adventure

The show is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 11.

Tolland Intermediate School fifth-graders Robyn Moran, Talia Tantillo, Taylor Lee and Alexa Grandfield were having a blast singing Taylor Swift's latest hit at school, when an idea struck them.

"We thought we should organize something where we could sing," Lee said. And so, combining a great chance to perform and to help out their community, the students have organized a Tolland Intermediate School talent show to benefit Adam's Adventure, a local non-profit dedicated to building a handicap-accessible playground at Cross Farms.

"This is what TIS is all about," Assistant Principal John Bean said of the event's community spirit.

Auditions have been held, the organizers said, and the acts are perfecting their performances for the Jan. 11 show, which will run from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the school's all purpose room. A snow date is set for Jan. 25.

Tickets will cost $5. For more information, contact the TIS main office.

Click here for more on Adam's Adventure.

Don Corne December 26, 2012 at 01:49 PM
I think it's terrible that auditions were held. So now, other 3rd, 4th and 5th graders who wanted to also have a "great chance to perform and help out their community" are not able to do so. Preventing other young kids who want to help is what TIS is all about? Fantastic. SO proud to be part of this town [/sarcasm].
A Tolland Resident December 26, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Oh no! Kids have to learn that you can't do everything that you want to do and that life isn't fair! Maybe you should make this a learning experience and let your kids know that this is life maybe next year they can do something to participate.
Don Corne December 26, 2012 at 02:37 PM
I understand what you are saying, and if they were competing for a prize or a talent show in general I would agree with you...but this is to raise money for a local charitable organization. Do they not want to raise as much money as possible? My child didn't try out, but if he had and got cut, I certainly wouldn't attend the show. And I'm sure that's the case for however many people that it DID happen to. I think this town is exclusionary enough as it is. I didn't expect to see it seep into the spirit of fundraising for a local youth. For the record, I support Adam's Adventure, but I think whoever decided to prevent children from participating missed the mark on this.
Emily December 26, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Don said "My child didn't try out, but if he had and got cut, I certainly wouldn't attend the show. And I'm sure that's the case for however many people that it DID happen to." No wonder there are so many bratty spoiled kids, with parents like this. You are probably the type that gets up and leaves a school assembly when your devil spawn finishes performing instead of being courteous and watching the entire show.
Don Corne December 26, 2012 at 06:24 PM
Let me get this straight: I feel that more kids should be included for a fundraiser to help raise more money for a good cause, but you think I raise bratty, spoiled kids and I would be the type of person to walk out while kids are performing. Hmmmm, makes perfect sense.
Tolland resident December 26, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Clearly everyone can't participate or it would be too long. I think different strategies should have been used so that all kids that wanted to help a good cause had a chance. Such as combine group numbers or even limit it to the first 20 or 30 or so applicants. Playground is being created so that all kids can play. This shouldn't be about competition or name calling. It should be fun for all. For a good cause.
Karen Moran December 26, 2012 at 11:10 PM
I would like to clear the air on this one since I was one of the volunteers that sat through about a week+ worth of auditions. There were approx. 60 kids/acts "try out" for the show. If we let everyone be "on stage", it would be a 5-hour show and that is not fair to the audience, not to mention paying for safety officers for that long. Some kids that tried out, were not prepared, so we can't have kids go up on stage and just stand there and not be prepared. That is not fair to the audience nor the students who did come prepared. And, yes this can be considered a life lesson about being prepared...whether it's studying for a test or being prepared for a job interview. Yes, they're just kids, but TIS is also about preparing our kids for life ahead of them. ALL of the kids were informed when they tried out that if they didn't make it as an act, they would be able to help in other ways...stage crew, handing out programs, taking tickets, concession table, raffle table, etc. We also tried to include as many acts as we could, combining acts or for example, those we couldn't fit into the stage acts, are included as "transitional" acts - placed where time was needed to set up for the next stage act. We also included other acts as "pre-show" acts where they will play/sing out in the hallway as people are arriving for the show. Let me also emphasize that this is NOT a competition. The acts are not being judged. (to be continued)
Karen Moran December 26, 2012 at 11:10 PM
All the students who participated in the auditions or expressed interest in participating in the show were accommodated in some capacity. As a parent in Tolland, I am proud that a few of our students came up with this idea all on their own...and had the community spirit to do something for their classmate. I AM proud to be part of this Tolland community and our schools where the staff (and several parent volunteers) embraced their enthusiasm and gave up a lot of their time to help organize this show. Also, just an added fact as far as logistics.....there is a capacity limit to the All Purpose Room...it is highly unlikely we would be able to fit all the families of the students/acts that auditioned even if we wanted to. Please everyone, let's not make this a moment to criticize, but a time to encourage and teach our students.
Jen December 27, 2012 at 02:07 AM
Wow! I am extremely shocked to see negative post(s) about this article...it's about the girls that came up with the idea about their classmate and community. Let's focus here and congratulate the girls. Apparently they are more mature than some parent(s). You can't possible have everyone preform...it's a big school with a lot of kids. GREAT JOB GIRLS!! You should be proud of yourselves.
Don Corne December 27, 2012 at 12:16 PM
Jen - first off, my opinion was about my concern for excluding kids who wanted to participate NOT about the idea of the fundraiser...but you're absolutely right. I should have started off with kudos to the girls for coming up with the idea. That's my bad. I definitely think it's a fantastic idea, and congratulations to them for not only having the idea, but also for pursuing it. Karen - Thank you for your explanation, as that is different than what I was told. I was under the impression that kids were being turned away from participating as they weren't good enough and needed to practice more. I thought that was a pity (and ironic) since the event was for raising money for a playground where ALL kids could come play, no matter the level of their ability. As long as all the kids who wanted to participate were able to be included in some way or another, then I think it's fantastic and you absolutely should be proud. And thank you for taking the time to help organize such an event.
debbie December 27, 2012 at 08:29 PM
Thank you Karen and Jen, I am the mother of one of the girls. I think people need to get there facts straight before they start posting negative comments. Let us remember Don...children are only as good as there parents. They live what they learn and I just hope if you have children at TIS they do not parrot what you have said about this fundraisor to their classmates. This is a great fundraiser. And just so you know there are MANY ways for you or your children to help out with this event or any other event for Adams Adventure. We are always looking for volunteers. And if it is something that does not interest you, you could take your children to participate in any other fundrasing event of your choice. I am proud of the girls for following through with a great idea and proud of TIS for allowing them to.
daa January 01, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Congrats to the fifth grade girls for dreaming up and finding the help to put together a Talent Show for a classmate. I think their enthusiasm for the project and their ability to “get the ball rolling” should be applauded. I do have to agree with Don that it is a shame that some children will not be able to perform their talents on the night of the show (although I was impressed every effort was made to include as many children as possible). I work with children every day and the ones that seem to tug at my heartstrings are those you could label as the “underdog”. Those kids are in every neighborhood- every classroom. -those who want more than anything to be on a team/ group that is set up to be elite but aren’t selected -those whose parents can’t afford professional lessons but want to be part of something -those who go home to a home that is hard -those that are terrific kids but are too shy to show it to the world I would think that there was a percentage of kids that auditioned for the talent show and the act was not selected that can fit into one of those molds. Yes- they have a part in the show. That child could have been the one that needed that break to build some confidence the most (it takes a village…). continued
daa January 01, 2013 at 02:59 PM
I know there are some of you out there saying boohoo- that’s life. Unfortunately that is life- created by adults and a competitive society. We are talking about kids ages 8-10. I don’t want to speak negative about the show but I think there are some kids who may feel excluded or hurt because their act was not selected. The Talent Show idea was a great idea. I have a relative that will benefit from Adam’s Adventure and will enjoy the playground once it is completed. I thank all the staff and volunteers who took the time to help organize this event. Please don’t view my comments on being negative towards the show, but just an opportunity to see it from a different perspective. I am looking forward to attending the show.
Tolland Parent January 08, 2013 at 02:17 PM
"DEVIL SPAWN"? Emily, do you even know Don? Do you know anything about him? If you did, you would keep your HUGE mouth shut. You're probably the type of parent who watches their child do something wrong, then says, "my child would NEVER do that" Get a clue or get out.
Tolland Parent January 08, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Hey Don, just ignore these ignorant a_ _ h_les.
A Student February 27, 2013 at 03:04 AM
I think the parent who called us a name is horrible...i am one of the students who was the mc...all i wanted to do was read the story but instead i get comments from an ignorrant person who decides to call us such a bad name...thats rude.
A Student February 27, 2013 at 03:08 AM
There also was a chance to participate if you didnt make the cut so...i feel that whoever Tolland Parent is doesnt know everything.
Tolland Parent February 27, 2013 at 02:54 PM
Wait a minute. I was defending YOU and the whole show. I thought what you kids did was great. My son was involved in the show, and I was there showing support for ALL the kids involved as well. I think you have the wrong person. The only negative thing I said to anyone was the one insulting Don Corne. You might want to check again.
Tolland Middle School Student March 08, 2013 at 04:14 AM
Tolland Middle School Student Congrats to all the children that participated in this event! I hope it was a good experience. To the people who were making negative remarks (you know who you are) get a life and don't make so many negative comments about this wonderful event. I think the kids probably worked hard to make this event happen. So if you feel that holding the auditions was wrong, there is nothing you can do now that it is the past. I also think that sometimes when someone thinks that they are doing something generous and then parents and residents of the town do not like one little piece of the project it makes the kids who helped to create the project very upset when the parents and residents make negative remarks. Don't parents also want to teach their kids that sometimes things don't go exactly the way you want them to but that you should make the best out of it? I think the kids are fine with the idea of audition, but the parents are not fine with the idea. just by the parents being that way it is a bad influence on the children. Remember you can feel the way you feel but you don't have to make a big stink about it. so please think about this for other events like this in the future if you want to make a comment. Again, congrats to all of the students that made this project happen it was very kind! :)

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