Awakening Earth Expo Features Musical Play


The Second Annual Awakening Earth Expo in Pine Aug. 7 and Aug. 8 features a special attraction this year. The Maya Joy Dancers, a 14-member local troupe, will perform their environmental play, “Awakening Earth” at 3 p.m. in the air-conditioned Cultural Hall on both days of the event, and at 6 p.m., Saturday at Crystal Lotus Gallery. Admission is free to all three performances.

It’s a one-hour-long musical production, performed in pantomime and dance. While carrying a serious message — “We should not pollute the earth” — it is mainly a joyful affirmation of hope that we will restore our wonderful earth to beauty and balance.

Diana Vincent of Payson plays the Goddess Earth, while Paul Owens of Pine portrays a character named BP, standing for Big Pollution.

A host of other goddesses support Earth in her recovery — Sky (KD York), Water (Su von Mazo), Night (Patricia Melchi), Fire (Melody Harney), Flora (Diane McHenry), as do some charming little Fairy Girls (Autumn Bailey, Grace Stacklie). In the end, even the Regular People (Blue Owl, Lauri Kellerman, Nick Berezenko), who unwittingly helped BP pollute the Earth, repent and help restore the Earth. Clare Marie Fritz narrates commentary that illustrates how this can be done.

The program is being made possible because of donations from several sources: Payson Florist donated flowers; Paul Owens, who created the props; Parry Morton and Marguerite Young selected the music and helped with costumes; Pine-Strawberry Business Community, which provided encouragement and support; and Maya Joy Angeles of Crystal Lotus Gallery, who offered sparkling light and inspiration.

The Pine-Strawberry Business Community is sponsoring the performances, as well as the whole two-day expo, which features fun, learning and experiencing for all ages at the Pine Community Center Cultural Hall and Ramada on Hwy. 87 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 7 and Sunday, Aug. 8.

Planned activities include qigong, yoga and Zumba demos; storytelling; live acoustic music (didgeridoo, flute, reggae, Celtic, and more); a children’s reading circle; informational booths about sustainable living and healing modalities, homemade healthy foods, herbs, and more.

For further information on the expo, contact Marie Fritz through the PSBC Web site: or

For questions about the play, contact Nick Berezenko at or (928) 476-4228.


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