NH teens chosen to perform at Boys & Girls Club conference
By TED SIEFER
New Hampshire Union Leader | April 30. 2014 9:16PM
Jennifer Brisebois, from left, Devereaux Merchant, Kayla Bullwinkel, Megan Hammes, and Meghan McKnight of the Boys & Girls Club of Souhegan Valley pose for a picture at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport on Wednesday before flying to San Francisco to perform a tap number from the Broadway musical “Newsies.” (DAVID LANE/UNION LEADER)
The five young women from the Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley departed from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport on Wednesday for San Francisco to perform at the organization's national conference.
Prior to its departure at the airport, Brisebois said the team was honored to be selected to go San Francisco and wasn't concerned about being "the best."
For all but one of the teens, it will be their first trip to San Francisco, and they will spend time visiting the sites.
The other team members are Kayla Bullwinkel, Megan Hammes and Meghan McKnight.
The group was selected based on a video of their performance.
Susan Taylor, the executive director of the Boys and Girls Club of Souhegan Valley, said part of the reason the group has had such extraordinary success fielding performers is that it is built around the Amato Center for the Performing Arts in Milford.
Robin LaCroix, the club's arts director, said she's seen a transformation take place as the kids get more involved in performing. "One show they'll be terrified to speak, and the next show they're saying a couple lines, and the next show they're stepping out toward the audience more," said LaCroix, who is accompanying the teens on the trip.