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11/4/2016 - ACC continues the 13th Applause series with Remembering the War to End all Wars by the Small Planet Dancers

Remembering the War to End all Wars

Small Planet Dancers Commemorate the Centennial of World War I

through dance, song, and spoken word.

Seen here are: Terri O’Connell & Dennis Hamel (seated), and, standing left to right: Shane O’Connell, Christine Black, Holly Pastrana, Trudy Knowles, Michael Jordan, Jeff Lander, Suzanne Wells, Amy Keaton, Josephine Sarnelli, Elizabeth Park

The Agawam Cultural Council continues the thirteenth season of its popular Applause Series with a commemoration of the centennial of World War I by the Small Planet Dancers at the Agawam Senior Center on Friday, November 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM. “Remembering the War to End All Wars” honors the service and sacrifices of the American people during the first world war through dance, song, and historical readings. The audience will also be encouraged to participate in a sing-a-long of patriotic music of the era. 

This program honors all branches of the military, and includes a tap dance routine to the patriotic music of George M. Cohan, vaudeville production numbers, a historical ballroom routine from Vernon and Irene Castle, an audience sing-a-long led by a singer from the Pioneer Valley Symphony Chorus, and brief readings of excerpts from Letters from the Trenches, such as the one describing the famous Christmas Truce.

Small Planet Dancers is a performance dance troupe based in western Massachusetts. Formed in 1986, it focuses on historical and global dance, and has performed on the Applause Series stage several times in the past. Composed of local community talent, Small Planet Dancers offers performances at museums, fairs and cultural festivals, charitable events and private parties. Josephine Sarnelli serves as artistic director and choreographer.

The Agawam Senior Center is located at 954 Main Street in Agawam, Massachusetts and can be reached by phone at (413) 821-0604. This and all Applause Series events are free and open to the public.

Additional information on each of the Applause Series events is available at the Agawam Cultural Council web site, www.agawamcc.org. 

The Agawam Cultural Council is an all-volunteer local partner of the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency, and is funded, in part, by the MCC.  The ACC is charged with bringing engaging, entertaining, and educational events and opportunities in the arts, humanities, and interpretive sciences, to children and adults from Agawam and the surrounding communities.