Electric Youth, the teenage song-and-dance troupe based at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts, returns to the Hopkinton Town Common this Sunday (July 31) as part of the Concerts on the Common series.
It marks a homecoming for the group’s two Hopkinton residents, Finley Doherty and Erin Belger.
Doherty, who is entering her junior year at Mount St. Charles Academy in Rhode Island, performed with Electric Youth last year, including last year’s Town Common appearance. Belger, a rising senior at Hopkinton High School, is new to the group.
“It’s so nice to be performing and doing what I love in front of the town where I grew up,” said Doherty, who started appearing in Enter Stage Left productions in the fourth grade.
Doherty said she enjoys singing, dancing and acting — all three of which she gets to do at the Franklin School for the Performing Arts — but singing is her favorite and something she hopes to continue to do as she gets older.
In the meantime, she is enjoying the variety of music she gets to perform as part of her group.
“Electric Youth provides a lot of different genres of music, such as pop and rock and [rhythm and blues],” Doherty said. “So you get a mix of different songs and genres.”
Doherty said her favorite number is a Debbie Gibson song titled, appropriately, “Electric Youth.”
“It just kind of feels like our anthem and our main theme song for the group,” she said.
Electric Youth, which is backed by the eight-piece Boston Show Band, recently completed its annual European tour, which this year included performances in Belgium, France, Switzerland and Italy.
The highlight was the tour finale in the town of Menaggio, Italy, on the shores of Lake Como.
“We did two performances there and the crowd was so big and it was a beautiful venue,” she recalled. “As a group, for all 14 of us, that was definitely some of our favorite shows. It’s just an amazing opportunity to perform there.”