Electra Students Raise Funds for Upcoming Performances

Students at Dinsmore Elementary in Electra have been very busy rehearsing for an opportunity of a lifetime.

They are preparing to perform at the Alamo in San Antonio and the Capitol in Austin.

Their performance is  even more special, because the show was written by someone with strong ties to Electra.

Organizers say all they pack into the performance will provide a live history lesson for all who see the show.

"Just whenever you have to learn the songs, you have to practice but you'll get it," Performers Kady Horton and Kayce Box said.

Practice makes perfect and Electra students like Horton and Box have been busy preparing for two big upcoming performances.

Elementary school children in Electra started performing and singing to bring the history of the Texas Revolution to life 14 years ago.

Then it caught the attention of Electra native, Texas historian, singer and songwriter K.R. Wood. 

Wood requested a copy of the performance and presented it to the "Celebrate Texas" committee who invited the kids to perform at the state capital on Texas Independence Day. 

"That turned in to a trip to the Alamo so we do a two-day trip and we perform the whole play at the Alamo and a part of the program to celebrate Texas on Texas Independence Day and the Capitol rotunda,"  Director Nancy Bigbie said.

A trip, that for some from a small town like Electra, would not be possible without this special invite.

Bigbie: "6th graders are a little older to make that size of a trip, so its all the 6th graders that get to go every year and get to perform at both the Capitol and the Alamo." 

Bigbie says while preparing for the 45 minute performance students learn a lot about Texas.

Bigbie: "They'll remember this history and the parts much better than just reading it out of a book and looking at pictures and discussing it because they dress as the characters, they read their parts and in essence reenact history." 

An experience of a lifetime for a group of sixth graders to present a part of Texas history in a way unlike any other and students say they are confident all of their hard work rehearsing will pay off.

"They'll like it. They'll love it. Maybe tears in their eyes," students said. 

You can help these students as they continue to raise funds.

On Sunday if you head out to Chili's on Call Field in Wichita Falls from 2-8 p.m. a portion of your bill will help them on their way.

Managers say 15% of their proceeds that night will go to the students.

They also have a dress rehearsal and fundraiser coming up on February 26th at Dinsmore Elementary School.

That night they will have an auction as well.

Everyone is invited to attend and K.R. Wood will be there for the night of fun and fund raising.


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