Children in the Waynesville School District enjoyed a special guest performance on Wednesday from former “American Idol” contestant and Springfield native Pfeifer Brown.
“Have any of you every heard of Springfield?” the 20-year old singer asked audience of Wood Elementary students.
Hundreds of tiny hands raised quickly in response.
“That's where I'm from. Now have any of you ever heard of Hollywood?” she asked.
“That's where I live.”
The Wood Elementary gymnasium lit up with high-pitched oohs-and-awes.
Brown is currently pursuing an acting career in Los Angeles. She was on American Idol in 2010 and moved to Hollywood soon after she graduated from Springfield Central in 2010.
Pfeifer told the crowd of elementary students that she was in Taylor Swift's “Never Getting Back Together,” music video, to which the children were incredibly impressed with.
Brown has an agent in Los Angeles and will be in a movie coming out called “Stage Fright,” made by the producers of Paranormal Activity.
Though she is doing more with acting now, singing is Brown's number one passion. She spent nearly all day Wednesday singing for students in the Waynesville School District at Partridge Elementary, the Waynesville Career Center, Wood Elementary, and Freedom elementary. She even road the bus with students for a while.
Joe Pfeifer, a teacher at Wood Elementary, discovered Pfeifer Brown while Googling himself one day, and organized Brown's trip to sing in Waynesville schools. He told the students at Wood Elementary that he knows many of their parents are overseas during the holidays, and he wanted to give them a special Christmas treat to make things a little better.
Students enjoyed Pfeifer's performance of “Mean,” by Taylor Swift, “Call Me Maybe,” by Carly Rae Jepsen, and sang “Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer.”
“I love kids, so today was so much fun,” Brown said. “It's great to see how excited they get, you don't get that with other audiences.”