Children’s Aid Stars Take on Radio City Music Hall

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On the evening of April 28th, up-and-coming stars from The Children’s Aid Society and other youth-serving agencies from throughout the tri-state area had the exciting opportunity to showcase their talents at the MSG Entertainment’s “City of Dreams,” Sixth Annual Spring Talent Show on the Great Stage at Radio City Music Hall. Hundreds of excited friends and family members lined up outside the doors of Radio City, eagerly waiting to nab up-front and center seats in the massive 6,000-seat auditorium. The night kicked-off with appearances from illustrious guests, including actress/comedian/singer-songwriter/talk show host Whoopi Goldberg and actor Matthew Modine. Following opening introductions, the Radio City Rockettes, bejeweled in signature sequins and top hats, escorted the young performers onstage where the night’s performances commenced. There were twenty performances in total, and a whopping four groups from CAS performed—more groups than from any other partnering children’s agencies.

The Children’s Aid Society Choir was the first CAS group to take the stage. The all-girl group swept onstage, looking stunning in their shimmering black dresses. The Choir performed a moving rendition of “Mama Who Bore Me” from the musical, Spring Awakening.

The second CAS group was a trio of young men from our Frederick Douglass Center’s Intel Computer Clubhouse. For their special night onstage, the group composed their very own, original piece of music, entitled, “U R Mine.” Decked out in dress shirts and ties, the trio serenaded the audience with their sweet melody, bumping beats, and soulful voices.

Switching to dance mode, the third CAS group, Somethin’ Untouchable, from our Dunlevy Milbank Center, tore up the dance floor with a tightly choreographed, high-energy mash-up of dance routines that included hip-hop moves and cheerleading pyramids that brought the audience to their feet.

Closing out the evening, Children’s Aid’s Harmony in Harlem, from our Drew Hamilton Center — a youth jazz ensemble consisting of percussionists, horn players, drummers and violinists — got into the groove with a lively piece of jazz/funk fusion that got toes tapping and hips swaying.

It was an incredible night for the blossoming stars and all their loved ones who came out to support and cheer them on.

Tracy Gilmore
Development Associate