By Gloria Bohrer, Community Concerts of RSF Outreach Chair
On Friday morning, Jan. 25, the Masters of Motown went to the Preuss School, UCSD, one of the top-rated charter schools in the nation, for an Outreach program of Community Concerts of RSF.
Students from The Preuss School Drama and Musical Theatre classes experienced the music of Motown. A lively performance by the 10-member cast of the Masters of Motown reproduced the sound of years ago. This 45-minute “mini-concert” was the third educational outreach program of the 2012-2013 Community Concerts of Rancho Santa Fe season.
The program opened with one of the lead performers asking the students how many of them knew what Motown represented. The response was loud and clear that most knew about Motown and were thrilled to be a part of this exciting presentation. When asked if they had ever heard of the “Supremes” screams of joy emanated from the audience.
Three of Motown’s lovely ladies appeared as The Supremes and offered several clearly recognizable selections including, “Baby Love” and “Stop in the Name of Love.” This was followed by The Four Tops singing “I’ll be There” and “Sugar Pie Honey Bunch” and selections from The Temptations. With the first sounds of, “Dancing in the Street,” the student audience could no longer remain seated. At the invitation of their instructor, Natasha Ippolito, they were on their feet in a flash in front of the stage dancing and singing along. The musical program closed with a line dance, The Cupid Shuffle, and again all were dancing. At the close of the program the lead singer encouraged the students to study hard and do well in school, because “You are our future!”