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FOG presented at Wayland starting Friday

August 8, 2018

From left, Kaylee Jaeger, Derek Reeves, Abby Hein and Jared Robertson rehearse the song "Lay All Your Love On Me" from the musical "Mamma Mia." The selection is one of many that will be performed this weekend during For Our Generation's 15th annual show at Wayland Academy in Beaver Dam.

As choreographer Cody Lindau shouts “…and five, six, seven, eight,” students hustle in place, put on a smile and get ready to perform.

For Our Generation will present three shows this weekend, offering audiences both familiar songs, popular ones, and a chance to hear something new.

Students take on all roles – both on stage and behind the scenes. The musical revue show, with performances on Friday, Saturday and Sunday features the work of students who sing, dance, choreograph, produce, direct and write music.

“This is FOG’s 15th anniversary so we’re trying to bring back some of the older songs,” said co-director Derek Reeves. “Our ending is ‘Seasons of Love’ and we’re performing a few other songs from past shows to solidify how far we’ve come and make everyone feel like it’s been worth it.”

FOG usually holds its shows at Beaver Dam High School, but because that school has been under construction the past two summers the venue was changed to Wayland Academy’s Lindsey Auditorium.

In addition to Lindau, who is back for his ninth consecutive year, Reeves said the executive team is made up of many other FOG veterans.

“I’m sharing directing duties with Curtis Schade. Ike Yaroch is producer, Lucas Smith is vocal director and rehearsal accompanist, and Becca Schmidt does a little bit of everything,” he said. “Jeffrey Phoumyvong recorded background tracks for many of the songs.”

The students will present approximately 18 numbers during the show. Audiences will hear selections from “Glee,” “High School Musical,” “Clue,” “Ghost,” “Blackout,” “Mulan” and many more.

The teens and young adults, who have been practicing since June, will take turns in the spotlight and use their talents to help raise money for their prospective high schools.

The proceeds from FOG are donated to the music departments of the schools attended by the performers. The 2018 cast includes more than 20 students and graduates from Beaver Dam, Horicon and Waupun.

FOG has raised more than $45,000 since it began in 2003.

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