RBR VPA Students’ All-volunteer Student Traveling Performance Company Bring their Talents to Senior Residences
Chase Hintlemann had just begun his freshman year at Red Bank Regional (RBR) as a Visual & Performing Arts (VPA) drama major when he was also performing at the Count Basie in a Community Theatre production of Damn Yankees. It was on opening night of the show and during the “Shoeless Joe from Hannibal Missouri” musical number that he felt his knee give out. The resulting injury kept this energetic athlete and performer homebound for a time and frustratingly bored.
“I had to sit in a knee bending machine for four hours a day,” he recalls.
It was during that period of extended convalescence that he began to think about starting a student volunteer traveling performance company to bring entertainment to those who were similarly unable to leave their residences. He had a huge variety of gifted performers from which to tap.
He states, “As a performing arts magnet school, RBR is home to some of the most talented kids from around the area. Our students are musicians, singers, poets, actors and dancers.”
Once he was fully recovered from his injury, in the spring of his freshman year, Chase decided to follow through with his idea. He posted the mission of the endeavor around RBR, organized auditions and eventually produced shows consisting of 10 to 20 acts. The student artists meet for five rehearsals before a show. All the performers are from the RBR VPA with the exception of Chase’s sister Tess, who is still a seventh grader at Markham Place Middle School in Little Silver but will be joining her fellow troop mates soon.
The students chose the moniker “Bring It” for their group for the mission they embraced, which Chase describes as twofold, “To bring an exceptional performance event to a community venue for people to enjoy and to work as a group to share our love of performing for others.”
Over the past twelve months Bring It presented at Seabrook Village, in Tinton Falls, The Atrium in Red Bank, and most recently the Care One at King James Nursing in Atlantic Highlands. They are now preparing for an encore engagement at Seabrook Village this spring.
Angie Crippen from Seabrook’s community activities department took a chance on booking Bring It last year for her residents.
She comments, “The residents really loved the show. And many asked if we could bring them back.”
Despite a very busy academic and performance schedules in high school the students truly enjoy this additional activity.
As sophomore Ashley Houck, a drama major, who helps Chase produce Bring It explains, “I do this because I want to give back. I want the audience to experience entertainment from the comfort of where they live. “She adds, “Just seeing their smiling faces during the performance just melts my heart.”
Bring It is available to perform in other community venues. Anyone interested can contact Chase Hintlemann at email@example.com.