Awakening Earth

Expo will feature environmental play



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Kim Blankenship (left) of Jade Spirit Community Acupuncture demonstrated the Chinese practice at last year’s Awakening Earth Expo in Pine.

The 2nd 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.


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Carol Kane Simerly, a.k.a. Lady Dragonfly, beckoned travelers to stop for a visit at last year’s Awakening Earth Expo where she signed copies of her book “The Insect Wonderland.”

Diana Vincent of Payson plays the Goddess Earth, while Paul Owens of Pine portrays a character named BP, standing for Big Pollution — or whatever else you want to infer.

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.


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Patricia Melchi represented the Earth Odyssey Eco newspaper at the 2009 Expo.

The program for the performance includes:

• Prelude - Curtain opens on a sleeping Earth (Diana Vincent). A fisherman (Blue Owl) comes out to enjoy a beautiful day.

Music: “Into the Light” by Nature’s Symphony

• Trashing the Earth - People (Lauri Kellerman, Nick Berezenko, Paul Owens) trash the earth, culminating in extreme pollution.

Music: “The Prophecy” by Howard Shore

• Pollution Anguish - Clare Marie Fritz narrates pollution commentary derived from Annie Leonard’s “The Story of Stuff.”

Music: “Lothlorien” by Howard Shore

• A Little Hope - Cleaning Up the Earth - The Sky Fairy (KD York) flits in to give us hope. She and the young people of our planet (Autumn Bailey, Grace Stacklie) convince people to clean up the earth.

Music: “Dreamspell” by Gary Stadler

• Unburdened of Pollution, the Earth Rests - The Universal Elements (Patricia Melchi, KD York, Su von Mazo, Melody Harney) present Earth with soothing and restorative gifts to help her rest.

Music: “My Lady Sleeps” by The Medieval Babes

• Earth Stirs & Feels the Quickening of Life - Earth (Diana Vincent) awakens and dances to the stirrings of ancient harmonies within her.

Music: “Sure-As-Not” by AfroCelt

• She Celebrates with her Attendant Graces -The Graces (Patricia Melchi, Su von Mazo and Diane McHenry) join Earth in celebrating her recovery.

Music: “Longing for the Unknown” by Karunesh

Earth Sees the Restoration of the Cycles of

• Sun and Fire - The Goddess of Sun and Fire (Melody Harney) exhibits the powerful forces of destruction and rebirth inherent in the cosmic flow of Creation.

Music: “On the Beach” by Gibbs & Davis

• Night and Moon - The Night Goddess (Patricia Melchi) sways us to the feminine mysteries of darkness, stars and moon.

Music: “Morphing Thru Time” by Enigma

• Water and Life - The Water Goddess (Su von Mazo) spreads beautiful clear water around the world, to the delight of two little village girls (Autumn Bailey, Grace Stacklie.)

Music: “Water and Fire” by Pangea

• Rainbow Celebration - As a rainbow follows a cleansing storm, Earth is joined by all her attendant goddesses to revel in the bliss of Creation.

Music: “Amarain” by Putumayo

• The Blessing - All join in a spirit of repentance for the harm we have done our Earth and its inhabitants, and ask her for her blessing and forgiveness.

Music: “Ave Maria” by Ashana

• The Sign of Awakening - Background music for dispersing and talking to people.

Music: “When All is Forgiven” by Ashana

• Exit Music - Breaking of the Fellowship” by Howard Shore

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; story telling; 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.

Art from recycled or natural materials will be offered for sale, including crystals and natural soaps and lotions.

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

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


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