Arts and Entertainment

Hard work pays off for M-S singers, musicians

MAHOMET — Music just happens to run in Ella Herriott's family. That tradition was one her grandmother, Barbara Herriott of Seymour, was elated to see on display during the Feb. 28 seventh- and eighth-graders' band and chorus concert.

"We've got a lot of music in our family," Barbara Herriott said.

M-S jazz band shares the joy of music

MAHOMET — This year's Mahomet-Seymour High School Jazz Band is extra special to band director Michael Stevens.

M-S winter color guard returns with strong showing at state contest

Those who attend high school football games are usually familiar with the color guard performance during halftime.

And the Bulldogs have as good a squad as any school in the area.

What fans may not be as familiar with is the color guard's sister team: winter guard.

Mahomet Christian Church's play delivers message with loads of laughter

MAHOMET — Stephen Clarkson had no idea what his wife, Kathy, got him into when she agreed he would play a lead role in Mahomet Christian Church's first-ever dinner theater performance earlier this month.

"I said, 'OK, but I'm going to tell you something. I've never done anything like this before in my life, so you've got a lot of work on your hands."

Mahomet Madness helps hoopers, engages youngsters

MAHOMET — As soon as Megan Targett entered the high school field house doors, her 6-year-old, Camden Croft, darted off.

"He's been hyper since I picked him up," Targett joked. "Once we got here, he was gone."

The source of all that excitement? Friday's 13th annual Mahomet Madness fundraiser for the Mahomet-Seymour boys' basketball programs.

Variety Show brings 'a lot of laughs and memories' for 32 acts

MAHOMET — For five minutes every year, Kiel Ledin has lived his dream on the Mahomet-Seymour High School stage. In this year's Variety Show, the senior went out with a bang, winning Sunday's vote from judges.

"(It's) been one of the most gratifying and fulfilling experiences," Ledin said. "I've always loved comedy, and I want to be a stand-up comedian when I'm out of college."

Chamber rolls out the red carpet for busineses, volunteers

MAHOMET — Only one word came to mind for Jill Guth, a broker for Guth & Associates, after winning the Mahomet Area Chamber of Commerce's Overall Business of the Year award — "stunned."

Hands on with history: Community celebrates King, carries on legacy

MAHOMET — Abbey Houser brought daughter, Caroline Houser, to the Museum of the Grand Prairie's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration with the intent of having a "good conversation starter" with her 6-year-old.

"We talked last night before we came here about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and kindness and treating people equally," Houser said.

'Truly special': Mahomet-Seymour madrigals bring the holiday magic

MAHOMET — Christina Nielsen knew from a young age she wanted to be in madrigals because of family tradition, but when she discovered she also had a passion for singing, there was no doubt about her auditioning for the 42nd annual madrigal dinner performances.

M-S Christmas play 'Wake up Santa' a 'show for the kids'

The whole storyline of Mahomet-Seymour's Christmas play performances was in the title itself, "Wake Up Santa," but the show was far from a snooze-fest for the audiences.

For Carly Pogue, a senior co-director, the crowd-pleasing moments all came down to the holiday songs from "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" to "Jingle Bells" and much more.

"They have high energy," Pogue said.

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