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Rangerettes prep for Christmas showcase

By Sarah Thomas
Nov. 29, 2012 at 10 p.m.

The Kilgore College Rangerettes will high kick their way through their 2nd annual Christmas showcase on Sunday.

Rangerettes Director Dana Blair said this year's Rangerette Christmas Extravaganza has been in the making since before Halloween.

Blair said the Rangerettes have been practicing two to three hours a day, five days a week. The show will include performances by four area dance studios and the Kilgore High School Hi-Steppers.

"It's just a way to kick off the Christmas season," Blair said. "It's kind of a community celebration of the season."

Planning for the Christmas show started this past year, spurred by a trip to Austin where the Rangerettes performed the opening number for the Radio City Rockettes, Blair said.

The squad also is preparing numbers for pre-game and half time shows at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas and a feature performance at the Texas State Society Black Tie and Boots Inaugural Ball in Washington D.C.

"This will be our fourth time to participate in the event in Washington D.C.," Blair said of the inaugural ball.

The Rangerettes have been performing at the Cotton Bowl consecutively since 1951.

Sophomore Rangerette Leslie Clothier, of Lufkin, said she is excited about all of the Rangerettes' upcoming shows.

She said the Christmas performance shows the Rangerettes just how much the community loves them.

"It makes us feel so good that we are so loved by our community," Clothier said. "I just enjoy the family setting, and it's a little more relaxed than Revels."

Rangerette Revels is the group's annual spring performance.

Clothier performed at this past year's Cotton Bowl, and said she can't wait to get out there and do it again.

"The Cotton Bowl is one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. It is always packed to the brim," Clothier said. "And the feeling from performing for a crowd that big is indescribable."

The trip to Washington D.C. also is important - but for different reasons.

"I'm mostly looking forward to learning about what goes on in Washington," she said. "Not only do we get to perform, but we also get to meet with important elected officials."

And Clothier expects to gain a deeper since of patriotism from the experience as well.

"I'll be wearing the red, white and blue not just in reference to Texas but the United States as well," Clothier said. "Honor is not a big enough word to describe what it means for us to perform at something like this."

The trips are funded by the Rangerettes' Club Fund, and a portion of the costs in paid by the Rangerettes.

"The girls pay a small portion and the Christmas show, the spring show and other performances generate money that goes into what we call the club fund," Blair said.



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