Kings Kids Program going strong in 32nd year

November 14, 2016
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Tania Barricklo-Daily Freeman Older members of Kings Kids at Pointe of Praise Church in Kingston who will be participating in the upcomuing talent show. Older members of Kings Kids Program in Kingston who will be participating in the upcoming talent show. KINGSTON >> The Kings Kids Program, in it’s 32nd year, offers performing arts programs in acting, singing and dancing and also public speaking to local kids in Kindergarten through 12th grade. Ralphine Childs, Kings Kids program director, said these activities encourage kids and build their self-esteems. This program helps young people to grow up and become “outstanding citizens in the community,” she said. Childs said the program serves an average of 40-50 kids each spring or fall. The kids, who come from all over the Kingston Area, New Paltz, Saugerties, Newburgh and Middletown, take part in musicals — some original, some purchased. Recently, Childs discussed the program as kids arrived at her Kingston home for their first rehearsal for this season’s musical, a Christmas-themed variety show slated to be performed on Dec. 10 at 7 p.m. at Pointe of Praise Church at 243 Hurley Avenue. “We want to give the kids an opportunity to showcase their talents, some of their creativity,” Childs said. Submissions are being accepted up through Dec. 5 for those interested in signing up Childs said she can’t wait for rehearsals to begin. “Everybody that knows me well knows I love Christmas, so anything that has to do with Christmas, I’m like a kid in a candy store.” Childs said. “It’s happening, it’s starting tonight. “Yes” Going into rehearsals, held in her basement, she said some of the kids already know what they want to do, while others are still seeking out their calling. “Some of them, find their own way, others we’ll help,” Childs said. “We don’t turn any kid away. We find what their strengths are and plug them in.” Once they get going, the kids will spend approximately two to three hours a week on the production, she said “As we get closer to show time, the hours increase to make sure everything is ready,” Childs said. Childs said she began brainstorming ideas for this year’s show soon after last year’s production closed. By last summer she said she really stepped up her work. “That way when we get to the fall, it’s ready to go,” Childs said. Childs said in the past they’ve performed at Pointe of Praise Church, the Ulster Performing...

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