By Marissa GOULD, intern
A regular day at the Harvest Market in Montrose on Sunday hosted a not-so-regular event. It was a “flash mob” organized by the La Cañada Junior Theatre. As defined by Wikipedia, a flash mob is a large public gathering at which people perform an unusual or seemingly random act and then disperse.
On Sunday, shoppers along Honolulu Avenue stopped midway in their shopping to watch two children play violins. Dressed in early 1900s period costume, the pair of children was quickly surrounded by about 45 more, who broke out in a rousing rendition of the song, “Tradition.”
The impromptu performance was to promote the musical that the La Cañada Junior Theatre is presenting, “Fiddler on the Roof.” India Dupre, director of the flash mob, said she managed to get everything coordinated in an hour. When asked if the kids were nervous about singing in such a crowded place she replied, “Everyone was more excited than anything.”
Immediately after the performance, the actors distributed flyers of the upcoming performances that are taking place on May 9, 10, 17 and 18 at Lanterman Auditorium in La Cañada.
Director of the musical, Tom Vacca, said he was excited about the flash mob because it was a way to get his cast members excited – and prepared – for performing the play.