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Hershey family parodies “Call Me Maybe”
There are some kids who sit around all summer listening to music. And then there are the Rogers girls—who decided to make their own music video.
Echo, 13, Chosin, 11, and Thayer, 9, along with their father, Dean, of Hershey, decided to do something different this summer for their working mother, Sharon.
The Rogers’ created a video of themselves dancing and singing along to the song “Call Me Maybe” by Carly Rae Jepsen.
As a teacher at Hershey High School, Dean heard about the song from his students, who encouraged him to watch the video. The song has many parodies on YouTube done by everything from various sports teams to Sesame Street to even Star Wars.
Now with his own version, Dean expects he’ll hear about it once school starts. “I worry about that,” Dean said with a laugh. “They will certainly tease me for it. Of course as soon as one of them finds it, within 10 minutes they’ll all have it.”
The Rogers’ version features the girls at some of their favorite places in Hershey, including Hersheypark, Chocolate World, The Hotel Hershey, Hershey High School, the Milton Hershey School and even the local Turkey Hill Minit Market. One scene was also shot at Dean’s parents’ pool in Pottstown.
Dean shot most of the video, with the exception of the scenes he was in, when Echo stepped behind the camera. For one scene, everybody was able to be in it at once. “There was one where we were in the library and we were popping up from behind the bookcases,” Dean said. “That one, all four were in, but we just stacked the camera and hit record and ran over to get ready. I wanted it to be mostly them, but it had some comedic aspects.”
Once they chose a location, each girl would essentially do what she wanted—singing, dancing, etc—while the song blared on a small iTouch. “We probably did three or four hours a day,” Dean said. “Every little bit, every little four-line couplet might have taken us half an hour to shoot. I don’t think they really understood what was happening as I built it.”
To get the lip-synching just right, the Rogers’ had to play the song and sing along for each part. “I heard it all the time,” Echo said. “We used to watch other versions on the computer. It was fun to do the video, although the song does get really annoying now.”
Chosin she said she enjoyed the singing most.
The girls each enjoyed doing the video, but agreed they’re sick of the song now.
Thayer loved making the video, particularly by Hersheypark’s new roller coaster, SkyRush, and is the only one with any experience in dancing. She started dancing six months ago, and also watches all the musical shows on Disney Channel. “I love singing and dancing,” Thayer said. “It’s one of my main talents.”
After a day of shooting, Dean would work on the video late into the night.
Sharon knew her family was up to something while they were working on it, but she never knew exactly what. When she saw the final product, she loved it.
“She went nuts,” Dean said. “We showed her late one night when it was ready. She probably watched it 30 times in a row.”
Echo said her mother “likes to play it every day” to see her family dancing and singing along.
As of now, the Rogers’ have nothing planned for a second video, but they did say one is likely coming in the future.
“These things tend to become tradition,” Dean said. “Next year if we have the time, we’ll do it again.”
Kurt Bopp is assistant editor/web for Central Penn Parent. While not a fan of the song, he feels it's much more tolerable than anything by Justin Bieber.