Sharing giggles and God: At 25, Splatter Sisters entertaining a new generation

| May 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Baibi Vegners, a parishioner of Pax Christi in Eden Prairie and a longtime member of the Splatter Sisters trio, sings and dances with the children and their parents who attended their April 28 show. The act turns 25 this year, and is engaging a new generation of kids. Dave Hrbacek/The Catholic Spirit

Baibi Vegners, a parishioner of Pax Christi in Eden Prairie and a longtime member of the Splatter Sisters trio, sings and dances with the children and their parents who attended their April 28 show. The act turns 25 this year, and is engaging a new generation of kids. Dave Hrbacek/The Catholic Spirit

Tyler Lillemo of St. Odilia in Shoreview smiled with delight as he watched his three young daughters jump, dance and sing at a performance by the Splatter Sisters April 27 at his parish.

It was deja vu for Lillemo, who did the same thing 20 years ago when he watched the three women perform at St. Odilia while he was going to school there.

This year, the Splatter Sisters turned 25, with one member of the trio — Mary Beth Hess of St. Odilia — having been part of the group the entire time. The other two members, Colleen Hiebeler and Baibi Vegners, joined in the 1990s and are nearing their 20th year. Like Hess, they’re both Catholic: Hiebeler attends Incarnation in Minneapolis and Vengers attends Pax Christi in Eden Prairie.

“It was good; the kids seemed to love it,” said Lillemo, who came with his wife, Angela, and their four children — Sarah, 6; Hope, 5; Teresa, 3; and John, 1. “It’s pretty entertaining for adults, too. Watching your kids dance is pretty cool.”

Tyler brought John to the front for the father/son dance. Boogeying right next to him was Chris Brossart and his 2-year-old son, Vaughn. Chris, too, had watched the Splatter Sisters perform as a youngster. He was there this time with his wife, Abby, daughter Mira, 4, and Vaughn.

“I remember it was in the gym, and I remember that they were very high energy,” Chris said of the performance he saw in the eighth grade. “It’s nice to have a community like St. Odilia’s where we can have multi-generational experiences like this.”

The Lillemos represented three generations at the April 27 concert. Tyler’s parents, Ken and Mary, also came.

“We know Mary Beth very well,” Mary said. “We wanted to see her.”

As for the performers themselves, they have had one simple goal for their shows, which are geared to younger audiences — fun, with just a little faith sprinkled in when they are at Catholic venues like schools and parishes.

“We want kids to have fun,” said Hess, whose three children, now grown, saw many of the group’s shows over the years. “We talk about our faith. We’re serious about our faith, but we want it to be fun for the kids, so that they grow up thinking faith can be fun.”

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