The Star Catchers are preparing a new summer show after wrapping up a successful holiday season full of performances.
The performing ensemble is based out of Forsyth Technical Community College’s Compensatory Education Class at the Stokes Opportunity Center in Walnut Cove. Kris Jonczak, Forsyth Tech instructor and director of the Star Catchers, said the group performed at 10 or more locations in December, even traveling to Philadelphia.
A donation from Paul Kindley made the trip possible, Jonczak said. Eight students gathered before the Philadelphia Rotary Club to perform tunes such as “Jail House Rock,” “12 Days of Christmas” and “Proud to Be an American.” One of Jonczak’s brothers is a member of that Rotary club.
“It was wonderful,” Jonczak said of the trip. The students even got to see American landmarks such as the Liberty Bell, Franklin Institute and Independence Hall.
The trip was like an extended educational experience for the students, some of whom had never traveled outside the state before. “It makes them feel like they’re just like everybody else,” Jonczak noted.
The Star Catchers group is composed of 15 to 16 members who rotate performances.
“They all love music,” Jonczak said.
The Star Catchers’ schedule for the next several months is already beginning to fill up with performances. The group was scheduled to perform at Priddy Manor on Wednesday.
Jonczak’s ultimate goal is for the group to perform at the White House. But for now they will continue putting together a new summer show.