Oldham County Day Entertainment
Oldham Arts Center dance troupe
to put on a big show
The group performs shows throughout the year
Oldham County Day Entertainment
8-9:30 a.m.: To be determined
10 a.m.: Parade starts at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 502 N. Fifth St.
11-noon: School of Rock, soft rock teen band, performing on Second Avenue Gazebo
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: Living Statues situated under the trees of the Oldham County Courthouse lawn
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.: La Grange Christian Church (behind Fiscal Court Building)
Noon - 1 p.m.: Soft rock band, “Between The Lines,” performing on Second Avenue Gazebo
1-1:15 p.m.: Surprise entertainment on the Courthouse Square and performed by the Oldham County Arts Association under the direction of Trina Jackson
1:15 - 2 p.m.: Oldham County Arts Association performing a song and dance review from favorite movies on the Courthouse Square or Second Avenue Gazebo
2-3 p.m.: Oldham County Band performing on the Courthouse lawn
• Note: La Grange Christian Church, behind the Fiscal Court Building, will have children’s activities from
11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
LA GRANGE, Ky. (July 2019) – There is always an act that will entertain all ages during Oldham County Day. From young to old alike, whether you prefer singing, dancing or anything in between, the third Saturday in July is where you want to be.
The Oldham County Performance Troupe from the Oldham County Schools Arts Center will be one of the showstoppers for the day. Students ages 10-18 are part of this group and train weekly at the Arts Center in Crestwood.
“The Arts Center has a very large musical and dance program,” said Trina Jackson, Dance Program Director and Senior Choir Director for Music & Theatre program at the Arts Center. “These students are chosen by an audition process and train weekly at the Arts Center.” They are dedicated students who want to pursue a professional career in the arts.”
Jackson said that for Oldham County Day, the troupe will perform a number of songs from movie musicals including: The Band Wagon, Saturday Night Fever, Footloose, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Bye, Bye Birdie, and Westside Story. The troupe performs six to seven shows a year. They will perform from 1:15-2 p.m. on a site still to be determined – either on the Oldham County Courthouse Square or on the Second Avenue Gazebo next to the Oldham County History Center.
“The Arts Center offers a curriculum that I’ve never experienced in all my years of teaching,” said Jackson. She was hired in 2010 and is in her 41st year of teaching, also having taught students abroad in the Caribbean and Nicaragua, in addition to teaching in the United States.
Jackson brings a lot of experience to the classes she teaches. She studied jazz, tap, acrobatics, gymnastics and ballet under the direction of Renee Roos, Jackie Loto, and Anna Marie Sagi in Tampa, Fla. She also studied in New York City with Luigi, Charles Kelley, David Howard and Melissa Hayden.
Following graduation Jackson relocated to New York to study full time. Her first year spent in the Big Apple launched her professional career as a performer and as a choreographer.
She spent the following 13 years working full time as a performer in shows throughout the United States and abroad. She has appeared in numerous review shows at resorts, cruise ships, theaters, commercials, music videos, trade shows, print work and even as a USFL cheerleader.
The Oldham County Performance Troupe from the Arts Center is pictured above performing “Puttin’ on the Ritz.”
She said the offerings at the Arts Center are “pretty incredible.” Beginning in the fall of 2020, the Arts Center will offer accredited classes for local Oldham County High School students in theatre, music theatre and stringed instruments.
Oldham County Day was designed to celebrate community pride and create fun for all ages. It also serves as a reunion for classmates and neighbors who enjoy returning to their roots.
Jackson said that some of the students will travel to New York this year where they will study intensely with New York professionals to hone their skills. The Oldham County Day entertainment actually kicks off the night before with two free bands at the City of La Grange Street Dance. This city-sponsored concert will feature Robby Cox and Soul Circus from 6-9 p.m. at the Second Avenue Gazebo.
A pancake breakfast will be served from 7-10:30 a.m. at the La Grange Community Center on Jefferson Street the following morning. There is a cost for the breakfast with proceeds supporting the La Grange Rotary Club. Vendor booths will line Second and Main streets from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Entertainment will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday with Music Under the Stars ministry. This will be followed by one of the highlights of Oldham County Day, the annual parade at 10 a.m.
This year the parade will begin at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, 502 N. Fifth Ave. Floats will also line up at La Grange Elementary School. The parade route is reversed this year as well, due to train and safety issues.
From the school it will proceed up Fifth Avenue and onto Main Street before turning onto Walnut Street. It will continue down Jefferson Street, ending at Fourth Avenue. Onlookers will see local school marching bands, tractors, horses, fire trucks, churches, local businesses and other group floats in the parade.
After the parade, School of Rock will perform from 11 a.m. to noon at the Second Avenue Gazebo. Beginning at 11 a.m., Living Statues wax figures will be situated under the trees on the Courthouse lawn until 1 p.m.
The La Grange Christian Church (located behind the Fiscal Court Building), will have ongoing children’s activities from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. During this time, soft rock band Between The Lines will perform from noon to 1 p.m. at the Gazebo.
At 1 p.m. surprise entertainment will be held on the Courthouse Square, said Project Guild member Victoria Motyka, who is in charge of entertainment. This will be something that has “never been done before, or to my knowledge, in Oldham County. It will be performed by the Oldham County Schools Arts Center under the direction of Trina Jackson.” The Oldham County Performance Troupe will follow at 1:15 p.m.
Always a favorite, the Oldham County Band will top off the day by performing from 2-3 p.m. on the Courthouse lawn.
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