Red Stars bring summer to Opera House

COURTESY PHOTOOlivia Bollhorst, Morgan Torre and Madelyn Moedebeck will featured in the Red Star Twirlers' upcoming summer show on Sunday, June 30, at the Derry Opera House.

DERRY — Last summer, The Red Star Twirlers performed at Disneyland, Paris and in three weeks they will compete against the best in twirling at national championships at The University of Notre Dame.

But on Sunday, June 30, at 2 p.m. the twirlers will be close to home and performing on stage to help celebrate summer. 

The show will be held at the Derry Opera House on West Broadway.

This year’s show, “They’re Playing Our Song," features movie themes from “Rocky” to “Star Wars” and “Newsies” as well as Boston Pops favorites and other patriotic music. The performers range in age from 3 up to the mid-20s.

Founder and director Gina Hutchinson and her staff , KeriAnn Lynch Unger, Ashley Tiller and Patricia Calder, have a show suited for all ages. The entire show features dance, acting, and plenty of twirling. This fast paced production features talented performers from all over New Hampshire, including Derry, Windham, Sandown, Mont Vernon, Newport and Goffstown.

This year’s Red Star include Olivia Bollhorst of Salem, Madelyn Moedebeck of Manchester and Morgan Torre of Londonderry, who will be featured in the traditional senior presentation as well as in performances throughout the show.

Each will have a display of her years as a Red Star. Also on display will be a tribute to The Red Stars’ connection to Old Nutfield’s 300th Anniversary.

In 1995, the team marched in Dublin Ireland’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade. They also competed in an International Competition in Limmerick. It was there, that they met the Lord Mayor of Derry-Londonderry Northern Ireland. He and his wife came to watch the team, whose ancestors had originated there and traveled to settle in New Hampshire and name their towns the same as theirs.

Gifts were exchanged, with The Red Stars presenting the Lord Mayor with a large photo album of our area as well as a replica of the Irish potato, first grown in America in Derry. Gifts he presented to the team will be on display at the show.

Pre-show tickets can be reserved by emailing theredstars@yahoo.com and will be available at the door 30 minutes prior to showtime. Tickets for adults are $20, or for those under 18 and over 65 they are $10.  

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