The audience was treated to a line up of stunning costumes and a fantastic variety of acts with both modern and traditional music from different continents at Up Up and Away, the Performing Arts Collective’s (PAC) recent multi cultural show.
In the opening act Emily deluna Julian lifted off the ballooning adventure with the night’s theme song “Up Up and Away”. The first continent visited was Asia. Julian and Aida Vickers performed three traditional Filipino songs including “Ako ay Pilipino” about cultural identity. The PAC models and dancers then donned Indian fashions and gave a colourful rendition of the Filipino dance “Una Una Kaya Kaya” wearing finger lights.
Shimera (Paula Robertson and Cathy Mundell), dressed in black and gold, presented the “Saidi Cane Dance” from Arabia before Hannah Collinson demonstrated her exceptional vocal talent with the classic Russian lullaby “Goodnight”.
For the first stopover in Europe Monique Matthews brought “Scarborough Fair” to life beautifully, transporting the audience back to medieval times. Matthew Tilt gave a stirring performance of Elton John’sautobiographical “Made in England “and had the crowd clapping along. Audience members were also inspired to sing along when Tayne Lewis played his impressive medley of Scottish songs.
Tribal Fusion (Alexandra Bain) brought a taste of Greece to the stage with her dance “Nu Limore”. Bilingual songs were also a feature. Mitch Lagera blended the Spanish and English versions of Christina Aguilera’s song “Reflection (Mi Reflejo)” and Marie Goldsworthy shared her acoustic version of “La vie en rose”.
Matthews led the Americas portion of the show with an awe inspiring interpretation of “Don’t cry for me Argentina” before Collinson’s ukulele sing-along “The best day of my life,” voted the audience’s favourite act of the night. Reggae and rock songs concluded the night’s programme with all of the performers returning to the stage for the finale; Lenny Kravitz’s “Fly away”.
Up Up and Away was kindly supported by the TSB community Trust and the Creative Communities Scheme.