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East Union's Multicultural Club Has Done It Again!

Nistiya Burch portrayed Billie Holiday with a rendition of Summertime

East Union’s Black History Program was a smashing success with over 200 hundred in attendance to see the show for the second year in a row. This year’s theme was a “Tribute to Harlem”. The program took the packed house on a journey of Harlem, opening the show with what is known as the National Black Anthem “Lift Every Voice and Sing”. The show took off like a rocket and never looked back. A tribute to Dr. Maya Angelou and her Harlem Hopscotch took the stage and an emotional dance number from East Union’s dance group to the tune “A Motherless Child” was so inspiring.

As the audience sat in awe of the wonderful talent that was displayed in the opening act, they had no idea what was to come. As the curtains opened to the beautiful backdrop of the “Cotton Club”, the crowd participation of Cab Calloway got the crowd roaring for more, the microphone was handed off to performers “Billie Holiday, Sammy Davis,Jr. and an amazing finale by Ella Fitzgerald, which bought the crowd to their feet.

Just as we thought the show could not have gotten any better, “Live at the Apollo” came to East Union and WOW! During this portion of the program all types of talent hit the stage, students and teachers performing in acts such as James Brown and the JB’s, and then Ike and Tina Turner complete with the Ikettes took the stage for a performance that had the crowd out of their seats dancing and singing away. The Apollo show even included an act that was booed off stage by the packed house.  The Apollo show would not be complete without Mr. Sandman himself making a guest appearance as he (in perfect attire) swept the act off stage to a thunderous applause.

At this point in the show East Union’s Multi-Cultural Club spotlighted many members of the community adding a nice touch to the show.

The Final act did not disappoint either, as the crowd heard a speech from one the members of East Union’s Beta Club. The dance troop took the stage in an act that had every foot stomping and hand clapping to the beat of “I need a little more Jesus”. This is the part of the show where the audience understood the importance of church not only “Harlem” but throughout the African American Journey. The show came to a close when all the dancers and many performers, students and teachers took to the stage and aisles to the song “Revolution”. The audience once again was treated to some awesome choreography and clever casting of its students as all in attendance could be seen clapping and stomping to the beat of the music. Smiles on their faces and joy in their hearts, this community gathering was more like a family gathering.

In the end, the audience thanked the East Union performers with a standing ovation as they were treated to a show “for the ages”. Many audience members stayed around to talk to the performers as they relived their favorite moments from the show. East Union Kudos again for the 2nd year in a row, just when we thought it couldn’t get any better. We cannot wait to see what’s in store for next year’s show. This show could have had an admission fee and it would have been worth every penny.

Written by: Supporter of EUMS
Posted: Mar 08, 2015 by

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