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Jul 4, 2011 2:47 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

'Flash Mob' Precedes Southampton Parade To Promote Musical

Jul 6, 2011 12:16 PM

Just moments before this year’s Fourth of July parade kicked off in Southampton Village on Monday, a “flash mob” broke out.

A waitress, a baseball player and a hammer-wielding steelworker were among a handful of costumed actors who simultaneously burst into song and dance in the intersection of Main Street and Jobs Lane. The unexpected musical number was an effort to promote the upcoming production of “Working,” which will be staged at the Southampton Cultural Center on Thursdays through Sundays from July 14 to 31.

The musical, based on the 1974 Studs Terkel book, “Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do,” is being directed locally by Michael Disher. The show follows a motley crew of people in different occupations, some happy with their chosen professions and others questioning what could have been.

Performing to the show’s opening number, “All the Livelong Day,” on Monday, the core group of about eight actors was gradually joined by family, friends and others who had rehearsed for the flash mob—a coordinated public event, but one meant to appear to be spontaneous in nature—pushing the number of finger-snapping dancers up to nearly 40. The song is based on Walt Whitman’s poetry.

Anita Boyer, 24, the director of the flash mob, explained that it was an effort made to promote the show in a fun way, on a shoestring budget. The wild popularity of the Fox musical comedy “Glee” has also brought such spontaneous performances to the forefront of popular culture, she explained Sunday at a rehearsal behind the First Presbyterian Church of Southampton.

“I was trying to find a place with a crowd,” the village resident added.

That, she found, as the flash mob served as a prelude to Long Island’s largest Independence Day parade.

“It’s hard to get the word out,” another actor, Kasia Klimiuk, 23, of Hampton Bays, explained, adding that Monday’s was her first time in a flash mob. She plays Babe Secoli, a grocery checker, and Roberta Victor, a prostitute, in the show.

“This show tells the story of the people who make America run,” noted Michael Contino, 22, of Southampton Village, who plays several roles in the show, including that of a parking valet and a migrant laborer.

More information on the musical is available at southamptonculturalcenter.org.

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Sorry to be an old grouch , but the first part of the Parade is a tribute to Veterans and Armed Forces, and I think it is very conceited to think grabbing free advertising comes ahead of that.Obviously these young people have no respect for their country and what Independence Day is really about.
By consciencepoint (16), Southampton on Jul 5, 11 8:22 AM
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Uh oh! Something creative, different and interesting - better squash it. At least you were aware you are being an old grouch. But it is time to loosen the sphincter and live a little.
By local69 (65), southampton on Jul 5, 11 9:41 AM
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I don't really think that doing this before the parade was the intention of a "flash mob". The people were there, waiting for entertainment. I am sure there are more than a few people who didn't realize at first that it wasn't part of the parade.

I'm not offended but I also didn't find it too original.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Jul 5, 11 10:13 AM
Grabbing free advertising is being creative, different and interesting?
Contact the parade organisers for a place in the like the dance troups, the local bands, the Samba drummers, youth associations etc.
I have nothing against entertainment, just bad manners- I still think the people who serve our Country deserve the first place.
Anyway it worked- SouthamptonPress is giving you free advertising as well, so you must be be very proud.
By consciencepoint (16), Southampton on Jul 5, 11 10:44 AM
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The honorable Mayor gave his okay to do the flashmob before the parade started....so it wasn't even part of the parade and unless you were on the corner of Main St. & Meetinghouse La. you wouldn't have even known it was going on.
Great idea to promote a little culture by local people who live here year round!
I think it was a great idea!!
By ShelleyB (28), East Hampton on Jul 5, 11 11:54 AM
By kaluss (113), Southampton on Jul 5, 11 5:48 PM
I do think that the first commenter had the right to express her opinion, without others resorting to snide comments. You can disagree or agree, neither view is necessarily wrong. What is wrong is not showing respect for differences in opinions by disrespectful remarks. Please be civil.
By thomasmc (13), Southampton on Jul 5, 11 7:34 PM
Let me get this straight, ms. point posts a snide, aggressive comment, I call her on it, she returns and then you think folks should be civil. Perhaps ms. point should check herself before suggesting very good people (both old and young) who were in that creative, entertaining number don't have respect for their country and what independence day is about. And why did she care anyway...she's from the U.K.! (organisers). Pffft.
By local69 (65), southampton on Jul 6, 11 6:54 AM
I seem to have missed the "snide, aggressive comment"! I don't care where she is from, she is entitled to her opinions.
By bb (922), Hampton Bays on Jul 7, 11 2:48 PM
My apologies...I should have said "all" commenters should post in a civil and respectful manner. I reread her comment, and felt that perhaps she worded it too strongly, but that is my opinion and so I will not feel the need to be sarcastic.
By thomasmc (13), Southampton on Jul 7, 11 3:36 PM
Well, I was lighting director for a performance of "Working" back in my high school days.

Great show, and alot of fun!

“This show tells the story of the people who make America run”.
By Mr. Z (11847), North Sea on Jul 5, 11 7:54 PM
creative, different and interesting??? Sorry, 2009 called and wants it's gimmick back.
By johnj (1024), Westhampton on Jul 8, 11 1:09 PM
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By HSA (68), southampton on Jul 13, 11 8:24 AM
the 1300's called and want their form of civic celebration back! there are lots more parades for you to stare at during the calendar year. luckily.
By HSA (68), southampton on Jul 13, 11 8:24 AM
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By Stressless Event, Southampton on Jul 20, 11 12:43 PM