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August 29, 2013

Sharing the spotlight

Teichert sisters shine in TV debut for `Twinsanity'

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But, she said, they were probably chosen because “they don’t like being twins and they aren’t afraid to tell people that. They’re identical and people confuse them all the time. They like to be in separate classes. They do whatever they can to be separate.”

One day in May, a TV film crew showed up at the Teichert home at about 9:30 a.m. and spent the day following the girls around, including filming them at soccer practice. The crew interviewed the girls both together and separately, while also interviewing Julianne about what it’s like to be the sibling of twins.

In an email to The Townsman, host Ellerbee said Allison and Valerie were picked using both old-fashioned and newfangled technology.

“How do we find kids? The old-fashioned way: Dial and Smile. Sometimes you have to dial many many numbers to find the right kids. Of course, after 22 years on the air, we are very connected to schools, parent organizations and clubs for kids.

“Now, with the Internet, our job is both easier and harder. More sources, more choices, more work — but it’s worth it when you find great kids like Ally and Val.”

The Teichert twins came to the show’s attention through a request coordinating producer Kara Pothier sent to the National Mothers of Multiples Club, Ellerbee said. “Twinsanity” producer Wendy Lobel conducted the phone interview, she said.

The purpose of the show, according to the press release, was to get kids from around the country to discuss the assumptions, misconceptions and truths about being a twin.

Other twins were also featured in the program.

Jeremy, 15, from New Jersey, was filmed saying, “One of the major disadvantages to being a twin is having to share everything. We share a room, which we always have — since the day we were born. Well, probably since before we were born, technically.”

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