Kicking Horse Culture is well into its fall and winter season and don’t be surprised if there is a slightly younger audience out for its various shows and concerts over the next few months.
For the first time, KHC is conducting a program at the school, called the Kick Yourself Club, that is targeting high school students as a way to get them more involved with the arts and culture scene in Golden.
Krista Fouillard, a French teacher at Golden’s elementary schools, is co-facilitating the program with fellow teacher Maggie Calladine.
One week before every show, the club will meet at Golden Secondary to analyze, discuss, and even act out the following week’s act. On the night of the show, students who participated in the previous week’s session will be given a V.I.P. ticket and will have a chance to meet and interact with the performers. As a keepsake, participants will have a passport that they can fill with autographs from each show.
Fouillard says they’ve had five to seven kids out for each session so far, but she hopes to see the program grow throughout the year as the word gets out.
“We’re hoping our numbers grow during the year,” Fouillard said. “It’s such a cool opportunity for kids.”
Fouillard, who has performed at Summer Kicks in the past with her band Krista and the Krybabies, incorporates music into a lot of her French lessons.
“I teach everything through music,” she said. “It gives students a chance to express themselves and it fuels creativity.”
She hopes the students that do sign up for the Kick Yourself Club will find it both educational and inspirational.
“Especially at this age, kids are still trying to figure out who they are going to be,” she said.
“Sometimes it just takes one performer for them to feel inspired.”