News Email - May 17, 2016
Performing Arts Management
Encore on Tour
Tonga & Samoa

Following are a few highlights from the Living Legends South Pacific tour that occurred this last week: <ul> <li>This week performances and activities occurred in both Tonga and Samoa.</li> <li>A rousing school assembly was given at the Liahona High School in Tonga.</li> <li>The Crown Prince of Tonga, along with his wife and three-year-old son, attended the May 10 performance, which had over 5,000 attendees.</li> <li>While in Tonga the group visited the Mapu'a 'a Vaca blowholes and Tonga LDS Temple.</li> <li>Upon arrival in Samoa, Living Legends participated in a welcoming ‘Ava Ceremony, considered the highest form of respect, reserved only for distinguished guests.</li> <li>In Samoa the group toured the historic Samoan home of Robert Louis Stevenson, Papase’ea Sliding Rocks, and To-Sua Ocean Trench.</li> </ul>  


A school assembly at Liahona High School in Tonga was enthusiastically received, particularly when the Native hoop dancers took the stage.

Sharona Eskeets is interviewed by Samoa's TV 3 following the Apia performance.

Tonga's Crown Prince and his wife and son, as well as LDS Church leaders in Tonga, pose with Living Legends following the May 10 performance at 'Atele Stadium.

The estate of author Robert Louis Stevenson is now a museum outside of Apia, Samoa. Living Legends members sing a thank-you melody as they conclude their tour of the museum.

'Atele Stadium in Tonga advertises the two Living Legends performances. The first was attended by the Queen of Tonga, and the second was attended by the Crown Prince and his family.

Zimbabwe & South Africa

Young Ambassadors highlights during the third and final week of tour started in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe; continued on to Pilanesberg, South Africa; and concluded at Nelson Mandela Square in Johannesburg, South Africa. <ul> <li>Hiked up to the Cecil Rhodes Monument outside of Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.</li> <li>The Young Ambassadors had a wonderful exchange with the Academy of Music in Bulawayo, where their musicians played marimbas and African drums, then taught the group to play.  The Young Ambassadors then performed for them.</li> <li>At the John Smale Children's Home the Young Ambassadors brought their favorite childhood book, read it to the children, then gave the books to the orphanage.  The group also brought food and treats for the children.</li> <li>Performed an assembly for over 700 students at the Christian Boys College in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.</li> <li>The group visited an elephant sanctuary, where the students were able to feed, touch and even guide elephants on a walk.</li> <li>In Pilanesberg, the Young Ambassadors were able to go on a game drive and see African wildlife.</li> <li>The performers ended the tour at Nelson Mandela Square and then made their way to the airport to return to the USA.</li> </ul> <br/>


The Young Ambassadors pose after an assembly with the Christian Boys College in Bulawayo, Zimbabwe.

Kaushay Colvin poses with students from the Christian Girls College after the exchange at the Academy of Music.

Young Ambassadors listen to the director of the John Smales Children's Home tell how the orphanage began.

Young Ambassador, Preston Taylor, guides an elephant on a walk at The Elephant Sanctuary near Johannesburg, South Africa.

The group takes one last photo at Nelson Mandela Square just before they return to the USA.