Topanga Youth Services Production, Come Together, March 27 - 29

May 29 2009

Topanga Messenger Article – By Tanya Starcevich

 

The annual Topanga Youth Services production is under way! This year promises to be another blast from the past with the musical, Come Together, written and directed by Karen Cooke.

 

Cooke has incorporated current world issues of prejudice, war and oppression into a powerful message. This poignant musical with live music by the Beatles, will be accompanied by a full youth band, led by Philippo Franchini with beautiful choreography by Cecilie Stuart-Garcia.

John, (John Lennon) played by Maya Bon is from England during the Revolutionary war who is about to be drafted; Ringa (Ringo Starr), played by Aria Ellett, is a young girl from communist China, who works in a factory; Jyoti (George Harrison), played by Vanessa Frazier, is a young girl from India facing an arranged marriage; and Parsa (Paul McCartney), played by Holiday Donaldson Turner, is from Afghanistan and concerned about his brother who is identifying with terrorism. They all "come together" and break time and space to create music that unifies them and heals their homes.

Topanga Youth Services provides creative enrichment and community service for youths from sixth grade through high-school for little or no charge. The group aspires to instill teamwork, behavior skills, confidence, and enrichment of the surrounding community in a safe and non-judgmental environment. Please come and support the children and the community at large. Your donations are greatly appreciated.

Performances will be held at Topanga Community House, 1440 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Topanga, CA 90290, Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28, 7 p.m. and Sunday, March 29th, 2 p.m. Tickets are available at Café Mimosa and Topanga Eco Mail. For more information contact Karen Cooke, www.topangayouthservices.org. $10 suggested donation.

 

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