Demand for the Red Stars has taken the team all over the world including Germany, Russia, Ireland, Spain and the Czech Republic. They have been featured in countless news articles and publications including the nationally distributed “Yankee Magazine” and were recently seen in thousands of households on the television show “Chronicle.”
Red Star twirlers are twirling at college campuses across the country, at pageants where they consistently amaze the judges, at numerous charity events and even professionally at Busch Gardens!
The Red Stars in front of Touchdown Jesus at the University of Notre Dame with their many awards from the NBTA's America's Youth on Parade, 2013. Red Stars won a record number of top 10 medals and titles in individual and team events.
Gina Hutchinson and The Red Star Twirlers congratulate Kaleigh McIver, Derry, NH for four years of leading the University of New Haven Marching Band. Kaleigh, daughter of Karen and Paul McIver, is a senior, majoring in forensic science.
Congratulations to Jaycie Greenberg, who twirled her final game at Windham High School. Jaycie plans to twirl in college and even had a photographer at the game (a former cheerleader for Florida State), tell her that they would love her there! Several "warm climate" colleges are on her list. Proud Mom, Frannie, and coach Gina Hutchinson enjoyed the final performance. Jaycie is also coached by KeriAnn Lynch.
In spite of three other events in the small town of Newport, NH, on December 6, the "Willey-Perra Community Giving Benefit Gala" raised the most amount of money in eighteen years, even though children were admitted free. The Red Star show was one of the best, according to several who come every year. The program, unique to Newport, was started by Gina Hutchinson's brother in 1981. After his passing in 1989, the family promised to continue it as long as possible. This year, the program will give toys, coats, hats, boots and mittens to more than 225 area children. Because of it, The Marines do not have to use their resources in Toys for Tots for Newport.
With many costume changes, "A Classic Christmas" included Tiana Barton and Tabitha Flattes, both age 6, in their first show. Also dazzling was National Champion Alyssa McLaughlin, age 27, who performed beautifully to Bing Crosby's White Christmas and Miss Greater Derry, Jessica Avelar, who showed that twirling and lovely dance technique can give a beautiful, unique, view of The Nutcracker.
The team was given a cast party after the show by restaurateur Jane Rastallis and her staff at Ye Ole Courthouse, next to the Opera House, in Newport. She has graciously hosted The Red Stars and their families, for more than ten years. The Red Stars and The Willey-Perra Board of Directors, THANKS to ALL who made the evening a great success.
As if that were not enough for the weekend, six Red Stars suited up again Sunday afternoon for a performance at The Pleasant Valley Nursing Home in Derry to celebrate the 95th birthday of Gina's mother in law, Joan Hutchinson. Isabella Bolduc, Olivia Bollhorst, Emily Cowette, Allie Nault and Morgan Torre brought smiles to the residents as they twirled to classic holiday songs by Bing Crosby, Dean Martin and the Glen Miller Orchestra.
It was a wonderful weekend of helping children as well as the elderly to share the Christmas spirit with the Red Stars.
NEXT STOP ON THE SANTA TOUR- MISS MAJORETTE OF MASS. JAN.11.
SEE YOU THERE! HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM THE RED STARS!
The Red Star college/post college performers after the show: Caitlin Pinkham, U Mass-Boston; Alyssa McLaughlin, U Conn; Gina Hutchinson, Director; Jessica Avelar, St. Anselm; Jackie Peaslee, U Mass. Amherst;
Bottom Left: Allie Nault, Olivia Bollhorst, Isabella Bolduc, Morgan Torre and Emily Cowette with Joan Hutchinson on her 95th birthday.
Bottom Right: If you have seen "The Christmas Story" movie, you will recognize these costumes as they make The Red Stars look like the "Major Award" lamp. If you have not seen it; DO IT!!! A real classic Christmas movie about a classic old time Christmas!
Members of the Red Star Twirler's advanced and beginner teams and individuals won 38 out of 41 events entered at Miss Majorette of Massachusetts competition held on January 11, 2015.Congratulations to Danielle Cherry for being awarded a "Margie Bear," given by Major Marjorie Gilbert for many years. It rewards twirlers of any age who show the kind of quality and sportsmanship representative of baton twirling. Also congratulations to KeriAnn Lynch for being the recipient of the Harold McNeil Memorial Award for outstanding contributions to baton twirling.