The Journey East Program at Leland & Gray Union High School in Townshend is sending 23 students who will perform during a month-long tour across China and Mongolia, according to the Brattleboro Reformer. Coming up with a theme that Chinese kids could relate to through song and dance was the challenging part. The show will feature hip hop and modern American dance, and home-themed songs, including a reggae and traditional version of John Denver’s "Take Me Home, Country Roads." Apparently the song is well known in China and 2,000 Chinese are expected to sing the chorus to that song. Students also will present a famous Chinese poem in Mandarin and English. "It touches on a lot of themes relevant to Vermont," says music director Mike Roberts. The show can be seen at Leland & Gray May 4 at 7:30 p.m. That’s one long country road traveled.
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