In this centennial year of Wisconsin 4-H, “100 Years of Growing Wisconsin Leaders,” the delegates explored and celebrated throughout the event.
There were a wide variety of assemblies, seminars, and service projects which allowed delegates to broaden interests and develop new skills. The educational focus was on national 4-H mission mandates (science, technology, engineering, math and the arts; health living; and civic education) and building life skills.
Susan Kloch Wendlandt of Arbor Vitae, and a member of the Manito Art League, is an advisor to the 2014 Wisconsin State 4-H Drama Company.
Her daughter, Katherine Kloch Wendlandt (attending UW-Green Bay as a theater major), is the dance choreographer for the 2014 Wisconsin State 4-H Showcase Singers.
Both Susan and Katherine spent nine days working with their performing arts teams, helping them create a 50-minute performance which was performed June 25 for an audience of nearly 700 at the Madison Masonic Center Auditorium.
The Wisconsin State 4-H Showcase Singers is comprised of 20 older youth who volunteer their time and talents to create the 50-minute performance.
Since the group’s formation in 1987, the Wisconsin 4-H Showcase Singers troupe has become one of Wisconsin’s premier youth performing organizations. Membership results in the pride of achieving a very high level of performance, and a strong bond of friendship and “family.”
This unique 4-H family was challenged to learn all the choreography and vocals in six days. Katherine Kloch Wendlandt created and instructed 16 new pieces of dance choreography created while members had to learn 16 new vocal pieces instructed by the 2014 showcase director Luke Talen of Milwaukee County.
Showcase members, selected from across Wisconsin, rehearse during the summer, and perform at this conference, at various county fairs, and in a series of shows at the Wisconsin State Fair in West Allis.