Michael Jackson performers take the stage when Eastern Michigan students pay tribute to him in "THIS IS IT" performances April 2

Two evening performances are free and open to the public at Student Center

by Amber Ratliff, Published March 31, 2014

YPSILANTI- Eastern Michigan University students will stage a tribute to Michael Jackson in, “THIS IS IT”, April 2. The students will perform in the Student Center Auditorium from 5:30 - 7 p.m. and again at 8 - 9:30 p.m.

The shows are free and open to the public.

The students are part of EagleFIT, a student organization committed to improving students' performances physically and academically through free workout sessions and seminars. In an attempt to attract more students to EagleFIT, the organization looked for different ways to get students excited about being active.

“I wanted to utilize my passion for fitness and have an event that entertains and benefits our community,” said Bader Yousef, president and founder of EagleFIT. “I am a huge fan of Michael Jackson and I know a lot of people are, so I thought about performing a full show that brings EMU’s talented students together to perform individual pieces.”

In addition to leading EagleFIT, Yousef took part in the Undergraduate Symposium this past Friday, presenting his ideas to help students and student organizations gain new ideas about how to put on an event on campus that cover planning, marketing and funding. Yousef also wanted to teach leaders of student organizations how to collaborate with different campus departments.

This isn’t Yousef’s first time paying tribute to the late pop start. This past fall he organized a “Thriller” flash mob in the EMU student Center Food Court Area.

Planning for the show required an audition, which took place January 23 with guest judge Philip Simmons, and brought in a total of 50 performers. Simmons, an associated professor of music theatre and dance at Eastern, spent 15 years as a working actor, singer, dancer and casting assistant in New York City.

The students have put in more than 20 hours a week in rehearsal time since the auditions.

For more information on the show please contact Bader Yousef at 517.505.1037 or byousef@emich.edu .

Geoff Larcom



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