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California second graders perform 'Go Fish!'

California second graders perform 'Go Fish!'

March 19th, 2017 by David Wilson in Local News
The seahorses put in their opinions about whether a shark can be a friend of other fish.

The seahorses put in their opinions about whether...

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It was a full house the evening of March 9 for the second-grade musical "Go Fish!" The elementary students performed the program at the California High School under the direction of Stacy Friedrich.

The tiger shark (Eli Porter), left, speaks to the great white shark (Hunter Hall) at the microphone about being different. The great white shark is guarded by swordfish Kaden Baker and Kyle Schlup.

The tiger shark (Eli Porter), left, speaks to...

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The theme song "Oceans of Fun" served as both the beginning number and the ending reprise. Other pieces performed by the second-graders were "We're Sharks," "Commotion in the Ocean," "Roundup Under the Sea" and "Colors of the Sea."

The story involves whether one of the sharks can be friends with the other inhabitants of the sea. The fish and other sea life say it's not possible for a shark to be friends with any other sea life. The other sharks agree in a rap that they can't be friends because they are sharks. There is a lot of interplay between a seven-tentacled octopus, a zebra-fish for which something went wrong resulting in spots rather than stripes, a blow fish with allergies, a tuna that can't carry a tune, a starfish that hasn't had a leading role in a year, clown fish that tell jokes, sea horses and a number of different dancers.

As it turns, out the Great White Shark comes with his personal guards, a pair of swordfish, listens to the problems and, in the end, convinces all the denizens of the sea that everyone has inside something that makes them unique. As one says, "I think I see that different is nice." A reprise of the first song, "Oceans of Fun," is sung, ending the performance.

The sharks get together to perform a rap piece called "We're Sharks" explaining their teeth, their bites and why they can't be friends with any of the other ocean life.

The sharks get together to perform a rap...

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Cast of characters are: Blue Shark, Hudler Cain; Mako Shark, Evan Turner; Hammerhead Shark, Eli Porter; Zebra Fish, Nikaylee Hays; Octopus, Haley Nolasco; Flo the Clown Fish, Emily Burger; Blow Fish, Gideon Bandsman; Tuna Fish, Kaydence Williams; Starfish, Lily Hogan; Needle Fish, Hadley Milligan; Katherine Rohrbach; Great White Shark, Hunter Hall; Zo the Clown Fish, Ella Burger; and Electric Eels: Victor Salas, Miguel Magano Orozco, Yurem Romo, Logan Salazar, Francisco Martinez and Bobyjoe Zumiller.

Clownfish 1-17: Emily Burger, Chelsey Knipker, Connor Nichols, Luke Bolfing, Allison Hackett, Gabrielle Pace, Breckin Traver, Ella Burger, Ciarra McDaniel-Simms, Emma Farmer, Maddilyn Walker, Scarlet Hoellering, Sabrina Moro-Donnell, Zach Davenport, Sophia Allen, Jaylen Padilla and Marlee Russell.

Seahorse 1-3: Noah Gross, Matthew Fitzwater and Connor Farmer.

Swordfish: Kaden Baker and Kyle Schlup.

Crabs: Kaitlyn Forbis, Callie Johnson, Lakin Ringwald, Talyn Balsley, Layla Branch, Evelyn Ponce, DJ Bushnell, Alyssa Hartley, Alivia Jinson, Estella Lowell, Takayla Roark, Lily Smith, Harley Barker, Brokklyn Figgins, Cadence Reed and Amie Toebben.

The dancers wind up the second grade performance of "Go Fish!"

The dancers wind up the second grade performance...

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Square Dancers: Addie Dicus, Landon Hays, Madelyn Nokes, Jessie Ashley, Everley Scheidt, Jaxon Scrivner, Ivee Cooper, Tanner Embrey, Jalyn Coleman, Natalie Mertens and Brysen Barlow.

Rapper Sharks: Sam DeCosta, Halston Bax, Coy Linhardt, Alan Martinez-Orozco, Ayden Stepp, Levi Krogsted, Alex Magana-Hernandez, Dolten Blair, Micah Branch, Rowdy Davis, Grant Hagenhoff and Lance Schmidt.

Oceans of Fun Dancers: Abbigail Blanke, Crystal Gonzalez, Paige Kandlbinder, Yoselyn Manzanares, Laryssa Stafford, Inara Zarn, Isabel Ceballos, Madison Fitzwater, Arial Griffith, Andrea Juarez, Marisol Perez Contreras, Ahnika Smith, Taylor Mosier and Scarlett Skelton.

Colors of the Sea Dancers: Arionna Kendrick, Ashley Corona, Peyton Keeran, Joanna Lemus, Sarah Inglish, Adriana Miller, Saylor Bax, Makenna Sullivan, Emilia Thomas, Kaliyah Ash. Piper Kirk, Rhilynn McArthur, Ashlee Vedenhoupt and MacKenzie Williamson.

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