Students Organize Performance at Clemens Center

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Saint Patrick’s Day is right around the corner and what better way to celebrate than with some Irish humor? The Irish comedy tour will be at the Clemens Center this evening Wednesday March 14th, however, it was all organized by New Visions, a group led by students at the GST BOCES in Horseheads.

“We got involved by Matt Huffnagle, he’s actually the show promoter, his daughter was in the class last year,” Said Jack Chalk a student from Horseheads High School involved in New Visions. “And he decided to come up with the idea of having the class promote a show at the Clemens Center, and having us to all the sales and getting all the sponsors for it.”

The New Visions were given two choices of groups that they could choose to bring to the Clemens Center, but the Irish Comedy Tour won the vote. “I love the Irish culture and I used to play the fiddle,” Said Mackenzie Hyde, also a student from Horseheads High School involved in New Visions. “So it’s really fun listening to them play.”

The comedians were booked and ready to go, however, they didn’t realize that it was completely organized by the students. “I didn’t even know that the kids were involved in this until last night which I think is fantastic,” Said Derek Richards, Founder of the Irish Comedy Tour. “I think it’s brilliant that they have a class like this where students can get that kind of hands on experience to really see what goes on in putting together a production and promoting it.”

So, if you’re thinking about going to the Clemens Center to see the the comedy tour this evening, what can you expect? “The show itself is a blast, like I said the show starts off with Derek and Damon, they go up and play a couple of tunes, kinda create a fun Irish Pub atmosphere, and then I go up and do about a half hour of standup,” Said Richards. “Joke around about my Irish-American up bringing, weave that into the rest of my standup routine and then McCarthy goes up and does the same thing.”

All the students involved are excited to see how the production turns out and they say it was a great experience. “It’s been a good experience, where you get a lot of real life experience where you get to talk to people that are really in business, and you’re dealing with real money and real sales,” Said Chalk. Hyde adds to that, “I feel like it’s a really great experience just showing me what life is actually like.”

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