SSHS grad played a role in helping produce nation’s No. 1 movie
Patti Sells | News-Telegram Feature Editor

Jan. 17, 2007 - The dance flick "Stomp the Yard" debuted in theaters throughout the nation and jived its way to the No. 1 box office movie of the weekend with an estimated $22 million.

And one of Sulphur Springs' own was working behind the scenes.

Amanda Vaculik, the daughter of Sandy and Patti Vaculik and a 1998 Sulphur Springs High School graduate, is the production assistant to Dave Scott, the Los Angeles choreographer in charge of all that fancy footwork.

"She's very excited about it," said her mother, Patti, who explained her daughter headed for the bright lights and stages after only one year at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches. "It has been her dream to work out there, and she's living her dream."

According to Amanda, known as "Kountry" to her LA friends and colleagues of the past 7 years, she couldn't wait to get started on her dance career, thus her decision to opt out of school so soon. 

"It's just my personality to go for it," explained Amanda, who said she feels blessed to be living her dream. "It's taken a lot of hard work. You have to stay focused on your dream and the big picture."

Speaking of the big picture, you can also catch a glimpse of Amanda on the big screen as a bartender in the movie.

"I'd like to do a little more acting, as well," she said. "It was really cool, and I really enjoyed it."

Amanda's dream blossomed at an early age, according to her mother.  At age 2, she began dance lessons at Ardis Center of Performing Arts. She continued dance through high school, where, in addition to many recital costumes, she donned the outfit of Wally the Wildcat, and the uniform of a Blue Blazes member.

"I've always loved to perform and make people laugh," said Amanda, whose job is to act as a liaison between the actors, dancers and directors of the movie. "It's rewarding to be a part of making people's dreams come true and keeping their dreams alive."

As for the movie, "Stomp the Yard," she said they couldn't have asked for a better opening weekend.

"We hoped for $20 million and it exceeded that," she said excitedly. "We are so overwhelmed and excited, but we all knew, number one, it has a great storyline, and number two, the dancing is just phenomenal."

"Stomp the Yard" is currently showing at 1:45 p.m., 4:30 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. in Greenville at Majestic 12 Theater.

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