Weekly Schedule July 27

Monday 3:30 – 6:30 Classic

Tuesday 3:30 – 6:30 Classic

Wednesday 1 – 3 Sound; 3:30 – 6:30 Classic

Thursday 1 – 3 Sound; 3:30 – 6:30 Classic

Sunday 6 – 8 Pool Party at the Auburn Pool – Classic & Sound

Thanks to all for great Garden Walk!

The 16th annual Garden Walk was Saturday July 11th.  7 wonderful gardens around the Auburn area were open to the public to get ideas on plants, shrubs, landscaping and plant care.  The 7 gardens this year were –

Mark & Lori Shanyfelt – 702 Old Brick Road; John & Ellen Dennis 212 Iwo; Craig & Nancy Bassett 921 Golden Hawk; Tom & Tonya Whitaker 1215 Eckhart Avenue; Ned & Jodi Donaldson 612 Valley Park; Tom & Carol Brinkman 1504 Sanders Drive; Kip & Darlene Baird 1216 Ashwood.

I would really like to thank our sponsors – Garden Gate, Elite Pools, Summers Landscaping, Littlejohn Auctions and the Downtown Business Association.  Also a big thank you to our advertisers – Classic City Cremery and Smith Law.



All Stars Concert Friday 6:00 pm

The Classic Connection All Stars will perform the show they have been learning this week on Friday at 6:00 pm at the DeKalb Outdoor Theater.  The All Stars are made up of 3rd, 4th and 5th graders from around DeKalb County.  They are paired with current members of the 2016 Classic Connection as they learn what it takes to put on a show choir show.  The Friday concert is free and open to the public.  Please bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on.

2011 All Stars

2011 All Stars

Following this concert, the Ft Wayne Jazz Orchestra will perform at 7:30 pm.  Kent Johnson is the featured vocalist for this performance.  Kent is a DHS Show Choir staff member and husband of director Shelley Johnson.  This concert is also free to the public.

Congratulations Graduates!

Congratulations to all of our 2015 graduates!  We are very proud of you!

2015 Seniors at Graduation

The 2015 Seniors of Classic Connection sang Back Home Again In Indiana and the National Anthem at graduation.

Katie VanWye Graduates West Point

Katie & Grant at West PointPictured is Grant Lockwood – Classic Connection class of 2014 and Katie VanWye – Classic Connection class of 2011 at Katie’s commissioning ceremony at West Point Military Academy.  Katie is now a 2nd Lieutenant in the US Army and Grant just completed his first year.

Shelley and I were honored to travel out for Katie’s graduation.

Congratulations Katie!

Show Choir members State Runner Up Social Studies

Local teams place high in state academic bowl

DeKalb High School’s social studies team members show their runner-up trophy from Saturday’s Indiana Academic Super Bowl State Finals at Purdue University. From left are Nick Dye, Colin Becker, Shawn Pfefferkorn and Vince Rainelli.  Not pictured is Matt Irwin.  Colin, Vince and Matt are members of Classic Connection and the Skinny Bois.

Showchoir & Prom Court

Bruce Bell – Senior member of Classic Connection, is a part of DHS’s Prom Court.

Seniors Recognized

Tia Hackbush Outstanding Music Student 2015 Tia Hackbush was awarded the Outstanding Student in Music and the Drama Scholorship in Monday’s Senior Awards Night.



Outstanding DHS SeniorsChoir students recognized as being outstanding students in other departments were Dallas Krinop for English and Christa Voiral for Science.


Brandon Park, Dalton Bell, Christa Voirol and Alison Kennedy were awarded the National School Choral Award at awards night.

The Addams Family

The Addams Family Cast Picture

We had a great time producing The Addams Family. Shelley and I would like to thank everyone involved and everyone who attended.

‘The Addams Family’ opens on DeKalb stage Friday

From The Star – Thursday April 30th

One Normal Night

WATERLOO — DeKalb High School’s theater troupe tackles a massive challenge of costuming, makeup and staging with “The Addams Family” musical this weekend.

Fortunately, DeKalb already had mastered the task when its Classic Connection show choir performed the musical’s opening song in competition four years ago. Having all those costumes already made allows us to be able to do this show,” said co-director Kent Johnson.

The cast’s nearly 50 members include some 40 who have returned from their graves as Addams ancestors. “Every exposed part is either covered with gray material or gray makeup, since they all have to look like they came back from the grave,” Johnson said. “This show has wonderful, large production numbers,” Johnson said. “The show itself is so well-written, so clever, so well put together. There’s a great flow to it.” Johnson and his wife and co-director, Shelley, caught the 2010 show on Broadway with Nathan Lane and Bebe Neuwirth in the leading roles of Gomez and Morticia Addams. The couple head a creepy, comical clan made famous in cartoons, television and movies. “We knew when we saw that, that one day we wanted to bring that to DeKalb High School,” Kent Johnson said about the Broadway production.

The Johnsons will achieve their goal when the musical opens Friday at 7:30 p.m. in DeKalb High School’s auditorium, continuing Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

The show revolves around a crisis created when the Addamses’ teenage daughter, Wednesday, falls in love with a normal Midwestern boy, Lucas Beineke, and brings him and his parents home for dinner at the ghoulish Addams mansion. “The Addamses, for all their quirks, are a very loving, great family unit,” Johnson said. “We really find out that the Beinekes are much more dysfunctional than the Addamses are.” DeKalb’s Brandon Park returns to center stage as Gomez Addams after major roles in the school’s past two stage productions.

“He’s just outstanding in this role,” Johnson said. Park intends to study jazz guitar at Indiana University, Johnson added. “He has a real interest in music and the nuance” of the show, he said.

Graduating from smaller roles in past shows, Alison Kennedy, portrays Gomez’s witch-like wife, Morticia. “She’s just done an excellent job of getting the whole nuance of that character down,” Johnson said. Tia Hackbush plays the role of Wednesday, with Chris McMaken as her brother, Pugsley, and Courtney Myers as Grandma. Vince Rainelli takes on the show’s juiciest role as the family’s weird Uncle Fester. The supposedly normal Beinekes include Christa Voirol as Alice, who steals the spotlight when a potion loosens her tongue, Dalton Bell as husband Mal and Matt Irwin as Wednesday’s boyfriend, Lucas. Gunnar Stairhime is featured as the Addamses butler, Lurch. “The Addamses are so different from any other characters we’ve had on this stage,” Johnson said. “As abnormal as they are, if people play them abnormal, then they become caricatures instead of characters. So we work at trying to have our people play them as normal as possible and then just allow that personality to come out.”

He added, “I’ve got such a great cast this year, from side to side and front to back — just outstanding talent — and they’re all really shining well in this show.”



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