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Performers Around World Showcase

My parents earlier this year enjoying a leisurely break at our villa without the family decided one day they would go to Epcot and enjoy just strolling around and possibly also having a meal. They had always known about the various performers around the Showcase but never really stopped to enjoy them. However they had been told that mid week particularly on Wednesday there were not so many performers in evidence so they went at the weekend.

They started at the Canada Pavilion as there was a band here they had heard many times (they can be heard from most places in the Showcase) on their visits with the family. They arrived early enough to sit on the benches in front of the stage to enjoy the show. The band was called Off Kilter and performed Danny Boy and Scotland the Brave set to a high-energy beat with electric guitars, keyboard, drums and the bagpipes. Lots of corny jokes and the boys, dressed in kilts, loved posing if they saw a camera.

At the United Kingdom Pavilion they saw the British Invasion which my Mother said were more like the Beatles than the Beatles. They are a look alike, sing a like band that performs afternoons and evenings in the gazebo at the back of the UK pavilion. They got a beer and settled down to listen. Unfortunately the benches here were full but there was plenty of room on the kerb. They said this group were four great musicians who only perform Beatles songs classics like Hey Jude and Yellow Submarine.

Passing the French Pavilion they saw a waiter outside Chefs de France who was setting up a table, and requested assistance from a passerby to help stack some chairs. Before they knew it the chairs were getting stacked higher and higher, and the " passerby" performed some amazing feats of strength and balance. They enjoyed this more when they relaxed and realized that the passer by was actually a “plant”.

As they approached the Moroccan Pavilion they heard exotic music and could see a crowd clustered around the stage. This was Mo’ Rockin, a band that performs on its own stage across from the Tangierine Cafe, accompanied by a belly dancer. The tunes are all contemporary with a Middle Eastern accent and the show lasted about 20 minutes.

My parents suggested that at the Japanese Pavilion you watch the act from behind the building (as if you were walking down from Yakitori House) rather than from below them on the promenade to fully appreciate the effort they put into drumming. It was good listening to rhythmic throbbing of Japan’ s Taiko drums.

Also at the Japanese Pavilion they said a “must see” was candy artist Miyuki who performed her magic. She takes a blob of white rice candy (it looks like taffy), and pulls and shapes and cuts and adds colours to it, and in a few short minutes has transformed this funny blob into a fantastic dragon, hummingbird, elephant or some other animal. She asks members of the audience what kind of animal and what colour they would like and then gives them the candy, which is on a stick and wrapped in a plastic bag to take home with them.

My parents deciding they were tired by now so headed for the American Pavilion where they indulged in a Burger and Chips before heading over to the American Stage to watch the evening show.

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