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Photo Flash: Red Line Tours Takes Middle School Students Behind the Scenes of Hollywood

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On Thursday, February 16th, Red Line Tours (in conjunction with Partnership for Los Angeles Schools) hosted a field trip for a group of about 200 at-risk youth from Carver Middle School in South Los Angeles who are part of the AVID program (Advancement Via Individual Determination - www.avid.org.) See photos from the tour below!

Many of the children have been or are currently homeless, and most have never ventured outside of their own neighborhood. The film history themed trip took the kids to the historic Los Angeles theatre in downtown LA, whose marquee pays tribute to Whitney Houston, and on tours of The Chinese and Egyptian Theatres. They then walked to the Kodak Theatre where they were given the rare experience of holding and being photographed with the Oscar won by Academy Award Winner George Chakiris, who was present along with actress Romi Dames (of Hanna Montana) to address the kids. This is the second field trip that Red Line Tours has hosted as part of an effort to create an ongoing outreach for Los Angeles' at risk youth.

Randy Haberkamp of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) was on hand to give the students a little history and share facts about the Academy and its ultimate tribute - The Academy Award (aka Oscar.) Event co-coordinator and owner of Red Line Tours, Tony Hoover, then welcomed the students and teachers to the Kodak Theatre and gave a little background on the structure itself, prior to introducing Romi Dames. Students reacted with cheers once Dames, who played the snotty Traci Van Horn on Hanna Montana for seven years, slipped into her character's trademark nasal voice.  "This man is the definition of a triple threat. He can act, sing and boy can he dance," Ms. Dames said of George Chakiris as he joined her.  Chakiris shared a story from his early years about walking down Hollywood Blvd from his apartment to his dance classes everyday, which allowed him to pass Grauman's Chinese Theatre and contemplate the glorious history of films that had premiered there and the glamour of those whose foot and hand prints would forever grace the cement in the theatre's forecourt. He said, "I couldn't have imagined that one day I would be attending a film premiere of my own here." Referring to "West Side Story," a movie for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. "The honor I recently received, along with my friends Rita Moreno and Russ Tamblyn, by placing our foot prints along with my idols at Graumans makes me feel like my career has come full circle." The placement of the hand and foot prints just earlier that day was particularly meaningful, when he realized that they had been placed next to "Westside Story" co-star, Natalie Wood. After investigating the theatre forecourt for other classic and current talent, the students were drawn to the foot, hand and wand prints from the cast of "Harry Potter," they ventured in doors to watch the current release of "Adventure 2."

Chakiris, whose has gone from Silver Screen to Sterling Silver, designing his own jewelry collection (http://www.georgechakiris.com), took great pleasure in allowing each and every student the opportunity to hold and to be photographed with his own Academy Award from 1962. "Receiving this award brought me great pride, but being able to share it with the boys and girls from Carver Middle School offered a sense of joy that can't be expressed in words."  Ms. Dames added, "I just loved talking to the students.  They had a million wonderful questions and think I have 200 more facebook friends now."

Photo Flash: Red Line Tours Takes Middle School Students Behind the Scenes of Hollywood

Photo Flash: Red Line Tours Takes Middle School Students Behind the Scenes of Hollywood
Fwd: Robert Re A Touch of Oscar Gold Inbox x Robert Diamond 2:49 PM (22 minutes ago) to me ---------- Forwarded message ---------- From: Harlan Boll Date: Fri, Feb 17, 2012 at 5:43 PM Subject: Robert Re A Touch of Oscar Gold To: Robert Diamond FOR YOUR CONSIDERATION Robert - I REALLY wish you could have seen the eyes of these children holding an Oscar. Tony Hoover, of Red Line Tours, really made a difference in the lives of these kids. Harlan 200 At Risk Students Experience A Touch of Oscar Gold On Thursday, February 16th, Red Line Tours (in conjunction with Partnership for Los Angeles Schools) hosted a field trip for a group of about 200 at-risk youth from Carver Middle School in South Los Angeles who are part of the AVID program (Advancement Via Individual Determination - www.avid.org.) Many of the children have been or are currently homeless, and most have never ventured outside of their own neighborhood. The film history themed trip took the kids to the historic Los Angeles theatre in downtown LA, whose marquee pays loving tribute to Whitney Houston, and on tours of The Chinese and Egyptian Theatres. They then walked to the Kodak Theatre where they were given the rare experience of holding and being photographed with the Oscar won by Academy Award Winner George Chakiris, who was present along with actress Romi Dames (of Hanna Montana) to address the kids. This is the second field trip that Red Line Tours has hosted as part of an effort to create an ongoing outreach for Los Angeles' at risk youth. Randy Haberkamp of the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) was on hand to give the students a little history and share fun facts about the Academy and its ultimate tribute - The Academy Award (aka Oscar.) Event co-coordinator and owner of Red Line Tours, Tony Hoover, then welcomed the students and teachers to the Kodak Theatre and gave a little background on the structure itself, prior to introducing Romi Dames. Students reacted with cheers once Dames, who played the snotty Traci Van Horn on Hanna Montana for seven years, slipped into her character¹s trademark nasal voice. "This man is the definition of a triple threat. He can act, sing and boy can he dance," Ms. Dames said of George Chakiris as he joined her. Chakiris shared a story from his early years about walking down Hollywood Blvd from his apartment to his dance classes everyday, which allowed him to pass Grauman's Chinese Theatre and contemplate the glorious history of films that had premiered there and the glamour of those whose foot and hand prints would forever grace the cement in the theatre's forecourt. He said, �I couldn't have imagined that one day I would be attending a film premiere of my own here.� Referring to �Westside Story," a movie for which he won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. "The honor I recently received, along with my friends Rita Moreno and Russ Tamblyn, by placing our foot prints along with my idols at Graumans makes me feel like my career has come full circle." The placement of the hand and foot prints just earlier that day was particularly meaningful, when he realized that they had been placed next to "Westside Story" co-star, Natalie Wood. After investigating the theatre forecourt for other classic and current talent, the students were particularly drawn to the foot, hand and wand prints from the cast of �Harry Potter,� they ventured in doors to watch the current release of �Adventure 2.� Chakiris, whose has gone from Silver Screen to Sterling Silver, designing his own jewelry collection (http://www.georgechakiris.com), took great pleasure in allowing each and every student the opportunity to hold and to be photographed with his own Academy Award from 1962. "Receiving this award brought me great pride, but being able to share it with the boys and girls from Carver Middle School offered a sense of joy that can't be expressed in words." Ms. Dames added, "I just loved talking to the students. They had a million wonderful questions and think I have 200 more facebook friends now." Red Line Tours Hollywood Behind the Scenes is undisputedly one of Hollywood's most popular and enduring attractions and has become part of Hollywood's modern history. Actor Joseph Gordon-Levitt used Red Line Tours Downtown LA tour to help prepare for his role in �500 Days of Summer,� and Clare Danes toured with founder Tony Hoover as part of a piece on her early days in theatre. Red Line Tours Founder, Tony Hoover received a BFA from Ball State University. A degree in and a passion for architecture led to his interest in Los Angeles structures, which in turn gave him a love for the illustrious history behind the movie capital of the world. Clearly others share his admiration for Hollywood and it's past as Red Line Tours books has been booking tours for individuals and groups for more than a decade. For information go to http://www.redlinetours.com/redline/hbs.php Carver Middle School's mission is to provide a safe, clean, supportive, engaging and challenging learning environment that supports all students and prepares them for academic, social and personal success. Their philosophy is they value diversity, equity, educational excellence and collaborative relationships between school staff, students, parents and the community. All students can and must succeed in school regardless of their economic or family situation. www.carverms.org The Partnership for Los Angeles Schools is a unique collaboration between the City of Los Angeles and the Los Angeles Unified School District to turnaround LA's lowest performing schools and to create a model for doing so district wide. Today it is one of the largest public school turnaround projects in the nation, serving nearly 17,000 students across 22 schools in some of the city's poorest communities. Photo Credits: Bill Dow 1.) Redline Tours Staff and Carver Middle School kids 2.) Los Angeles Theatre Marque 3.) Tony Hoover speaks to students inside the Los Angeles Theatre 4.) Tony Hoover with students at the Egyptian Theatre 5.) Romi Dames welcomes Carver students 6.) George Chakiris with Lindsay Martinez, 6th grader, Carver MS 7.) George Chakiris with Ricardo Rojas, 8th grader, Carver MS 8.) George Chakiris with Jennifer Aldana, 8th grader, Carver MS 9.) Tony Hoover, George Chakiris, Romi Dames and Randy Haberkamp 10.) George Chakiris and Romi Dames 11.) Michael McCloud (Teacher), George Chakiris, Randy Haberkamp, Tony Hoover and Romi Dames, Barbara Banks (AVID Tutor) and Ms. Misra (teacher) with Carver School 7th grade students Norma Munoz, Catarina Juan, Melissa Juan, Osiris Moreno, Vanessa Flores. 12.) George Chakiris and Carver students outside the Kodak Theatre. 13.) George Chakiris with students in Grauman's forecourt 14.) Students with �Harry Potter� cast foot/hand prints 15.) George Chakiris with students in Grauman's forecourt 16.) 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Photo Flash: Red Line Tours Takes Middle School Students Behind the Scenes of Hollywood
Tony Hoover, George Chakiris, Romi Dames and Randy Haberkamp

Photo Flash: Red Line Tours Takes Middle School Students Behind the Scenes of Hollywood
George Chakiris with Jennifer Aldana, 8th grader, Carver MS

Photo Flash: Red Line Tours Takes Middle School Students Behind the Scenes of Hollywood
George Chakiris with Ricardo Rojas, 8th grader, Carver MS

Photo Flash: Red Line Tours Takes Middle School Students Behind the Scenes of Hollywood
George Chakiris with Lindsay Martinez, 6th grader, Carver MS

Photo Flash: Red Line Tours Takes Middle School Students Behind the Scenes of Hollywood
Romi Dames and Carver students

Photo Flash: Red Line Tours Takes Middle School Students Behind the Scenes of Hollywood
Tony Hoover

Photo Flash: Red Line Tours Takes Middle School Students Behind the Scenes of Hollywood

Photo Flash: Red Line Tours Takes Middle School Students Behind the Scenes of Hollywood
Students inside Grauman's

Photo Flash: Red Line Tours Takes Middle School Students Behind the Scenes of Hollywood
George Chakiris with students in Grauman's forecourt

Photo Flash: Red Line Tours Takes Middle School Students Behind the Scenes of Hollywood
Students with Harry Potter ast foot/hand prints

Photo Flash: Red Line Tours Takes Middle School Students Behind the Scenes of Hollywood
George Chakiris with students in Grauman's forecourt

Photo Flash: Red Line Tours Takes Middle School Students Behind the Scenes of Hollywood
Tony Hoover

Photo Flash: Red Line Tours Takes Middle School Students Behind the Scenes of Hollywood
George Chakiris and Carver students

Photo Flash: Red Line Tours Takes Middle School Students Behind the Scenes of Hollywood
Michael McCloud (Teacher), George Chakiris, Randy Haberkamp, Tony Hoover and Romi Dames, Barbara Banks (AVID Tutor) and Ms. Misra (teacher) with Carver School 7th grade students Norma Munoz, Catarina Juan, Melissa Juan, Osiris Moreno, Vanessa Flores

Photo Flash: Red Line Tours Takes Middle School Students Behind the Scenes of Hollywood


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