Puttin’ On The History
What started out as an English project in the 80’s has become a yearly event in the Kings School District.
Puttin’ on the Hits is celebrating its 30th year of competition. Over 120 students are auditioning this year, and the Columbia Intermediate School’s Puttin’ on the Hits Committee is prepared for the event.
Committee representative Missy Kowitz explains that this year’s competition will be “the same rules-wise, but we will hold the Second Annual Sammy Reagan People’s Choice Awards, which is special to those in the Kings district”.
So what is Puttin’ on the Hits? This competition started out in an elementary classroom in the early 80’s when an English teacher thought it would be a fun project for her students to put on a talent show while lip-syncing to their favorite song.
As the word spread about the fun project, the lip-syncing dances became a school-wide event that teams of students would get together to participate in.
30 years later, teams of 5th and 6th graders are still dancing to their favorite songs, and the competition has become a major event that hundreds of families attend every year. Students bring props and wear costumes to make their performances shine on stage for the audience and judges to enjoy.
6th grader Macey Addis is a returning champion this year for Puttin’ on the Hits. Practicing two times a week with her team, Addis hopes to bring home the prize once again.
“It’s really fun to do,” says Addis, “I never took dance lessons or anything before Puttin’ on the Hits, but I liked dancing with my friends after last year.”
Prizes are given out to the top three groups of 5th and 6th grade teams. As a 6th grader, Addis is “excited to see what the 5th grade competition is this year”.
“There’s a good chance that there will be more competition this year, but I think we stand a pretty good chance to get a prize”. says Addis.
Preview night for the show will be on Friday, Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Show night is on March 1 at 7 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. Tickets can be bought at the door for $8 per person.