National talent lands at Pitt

ZuZu, Acrobats, famous from ‘America’s Got Talent’ to perform

| Casey Matlock reporter |

A group of Kenyan performers will soon display their high-energy show on Pittsburg State’s stage.
The Zuzu Acrobats will bring their performance to the Crimson and Gold ballroom of the Overman Student Center at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 24, at 7 p.m.
The acrobats gained national attention after they were featured on the TV show, “America’s Got Talent.” The acrobats perform at colleges and festivals all over the United States and they can be seen on YouTube.
The Office of Student Diversity and the Student Activities Council are sponsoring the event, which is expected to include contortion, bottle-balancing, chair-stacking, hand-balancing and other stunts.
The event is free for students and faculty.
Darrell Chism says he believes that what the acrobats are going to bring is unlike anything performed on campus before.
“The performance is going to be fun to watch because Pittsburg doesn’t get a lot of culturally diverse events,” said Chism, senior in business. “The performance has acrobats and I like to do gymnastics stunts like they do.”
Raven Williams says she is excited to see a performance that is relatively new to campus.
“I am really excited to watch the event because they perform daring stunts, and I haven’t seen anything like this on campus before,” said Williams, sophomore in biology. “I don’t see why this performance won’t be a big hit with the students because what they do looks dangerous and exciting.”
Maria Thompson says the performance will consist of a 20-minute educational lecture about the acrobats, including the history of the Zuzu Acrobats along with a presentation about growing up in Africa. The nearly hour-long acrobatic performance is set to follow the lecture.
“We watched their audition tape for ‘America’s Got Talent’ and thought that it would be a fun and educational performance for students to see,” said Thompson, assistant director for student diversity.
Thompson adds that she believes students will learn from the performance, and that she encourages them to learn about the acrobats before attending the show.
“Students get to see how to perform an acrobatic stunt along with the intensity of what all goes into a performance,” she said.
Gloria Lopez says she knows from watching beforehand the excitement that the performance will bring to campus.
“I’m really excited for these people to perform because I know from watching their YouTube videos that they are very talented,” Lopez said. “It is going to be an awesome experience to see a real-life acrobatic performance on campus.
“The event will be good publicity for the student diversity office because the acrobats are well-known from performing on ‘America’s Got Talent,’ and will bring in a good crowd.”

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