Rangerette Express dedicated to second director

MAEGAN MITCHELL
Staff Writer

The Rangerette’s 68th annual spring show continues 7 p.m. Friday and 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday in Dodson Auditorium. It is only fitting that Revels is dedicated to the woman who has changed the lives of hundreds of young women for more than a decade: Deana Bolton Covin, former Rangerette director. 

“My plan is to attend the Thursday, Friday and Saturday night performances,” Covin said. “We will have to wait and see if my health and the weather permit.”

Austin Head, “conductor,” will take the audience on an imaginary train ride celebrating  Covin’s 90th birthday as well as her 20th year of retirement from director.

A few balcony tickets remain for Saturday’s performances. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased until 4 p.m. Friday at the Revels box office located in the Rangerette Gym south entrance or an hour before each performance in Dodson Auditorium. All seats are reserved.

Tickets may also be reserved by calling 903-983-8179. A credit card is required to purchase tickets by phone.

The show will be slightly different from last year’s, with fewer videos of behind-the-scene action and more focus on dance numbers.

“This year it is much harder to choose what is special about the performance because this means so much and we’ve put so much hard work into every single aspect of it,” said Stephanie Aumiller, Rangerette captain.

The prestigious 70-member dance-drill team will perform solo and group dance numbers, as well as singing and music.

“I am so blessed to have been chosen as captain this year. I am looking forward to performing my solo,” Aumiller said. “It is bitter-sweet because it is the last time I will be performing with my class. However, I am excited for the freshmen as they will be experiencing Revels for the first time.”

Zwick Management, Southwest Dairy Farmers, Rangerettes Forever and Spirit of America Productions as well as several local businesses, families and individuals are   sponsoring the show.

Shelley Wayne, choreographer for 20 years, has created the sophomore dance as well as an elaborate ending number. Several outside choreographers have also contributed to the production.

The twirlers will also be performing in Revels this year with a 1940s inspired routine.

The twirlers are dedicating their performance to Deana Bolton Covin who started as a twirling instructor and was the founder of Tops in Twirling summer camp at KC.

Every spring, this performance is the focal point of the Rangerettes’ practices since  it takes many weeks of preparation.

“The girls look forward to this performance because it is the highlight of their year. They perform all their different styles of dance,” said Dana Blair, director. “They work very hard and we can’t wait to see everyone out there.”