The Young Americans took over Everett for a weekend in March, and Everett will never be the same again. A non-profit organization, Young Americans brought almost 40 members to take over the school and present two big performances with over 200 Everett students. The performance was planned in only three days, with students from Pleasant View and Everett learning the choreography.
They are given a challenge to act, sing, and dance within the remaining days until performance night. The organization split the students into three groups by grade. 3rd-7th graders were called the lightbulbs, 10th-12th graders were referred to as EV Dogs, and 8th-9th graders were called the Muhammad Alis. All three groups of students had separate choreography given to them by the director.
The first day of the Young Americans workshop lasted 3 p.m.-8 p.m., the second day was on Friday, during school hours, until 5 p.m. The last day, Saturday, lasted from noon until 9 p.m. Everett was one of the few schools the Young Americans worked with who got it for free, since they found a sponsor in Demmer Corporation. This meant that students could participate without paying the usual fees.
There were two performances on Saturday. First, the Young Americans put on their own exciting and energetic performance as a gift to Everett audience before letting the students do their performance.
The students began their show with an opening number, followed by “The Sunshine, which used music and visuals based on Sesame Street. Next, “The Salem” was about a peaceful protest going against a violent crowd. The protester would shout “Glory!” when they protested. They also performed other numbers, such as ones titled “The Act,” “The Stomp,” and “The Closer.” The encore brought the crowd to its feet.
Young Americans performances consisted of musical themed shows that involved acting and dancing. Junior Jason Cifran participated in the event, and agreed that the Young Americans were not what many were expecting, in a positive way.
“It got me to express [myself], and got people out of their comfort zones,” said Cifran.
Some participants found it challenging.
“I didn’t expect the dance to be so complex,” said junior Danielle Ellsworth.
Many did not find it to be so hard, but instead enjoyable.
“It was fun, it felt kind of like a job, coming in everyday,” said junior Adiana Latham, who was one of the many students who joined.
Everyone interviewed said that their experience was exciting and fun, and they hope that the Young Americans can return.