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Shen Yun as Christmas Gift Brings Tears to Mother’s Eyes


Epoch Times Staff
Created: January 25, 2013 Last Updated: January 27, 2013
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Gordon Nightquest took his mother, Peg Nightquest, to Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Detroit Opera House on Jan. 24. (Lin Po/The Epoch Times)

Gordon Nightquest took his mother, Peg Nightquest, to Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Detroit Opera House on Jan. 24. (Lin Po/The Epoch Times)

DETROIT—Gordon Nightquest, an IT manager, took his mother, Peg Nightquest, to Shen Yun Performing Arts at the Detroit Opera House on Jan. 24.

“It is so beautiful. I had tears in my eyes a number of times,” Mrs. Nightquest said.

“The costumes and the dancing,” dearly touched Mrs. Nightquest. “A couple of scenes I had tears running. It is so beautiful,” she said.

Mrs. Nightquest was so touched after the first half of the performance that she could hardly wait for the second half. “We have more scenes to come—that is wonderful,” she said as she waited for the curtain to rise again.

Mr. Nightquest bought Shen Yun tickets for his mother as a Christmas gift. He was surprised by the stories from the ancient Chinese culture. “They told a clear story … a little bit of [whimsy] and comedy to it, which I enjoyed,” he said, recalling the Sand Monk is Blessed.

‘Why I came back’

Beth Lebowsky, a high school history teacher, attended Shen Yun on Jan. 24 and said that she loved it.

“I saw it last year, too. That is why I came back,” she said. “I loved it last year and I knew it would be different,” Mrs. Lebowsky said.

Every year, Shen Yun unveils an entirely new performance.

“Absolutely,” Mrs. Lebowsky said. “Totally different.”

“It is wonderful. I love the dance, the music, and the costumes. Everything together—it is just beautiful,” she said.

As a high school teacher, Mrs. Lebowsky said that Shen Yun is excellent for students.

“I have actually encouraged some of my students to come. I think they will be coming this weekend,” she said.

Reporting by Lin Po and Kelly Ni.

Shen Yun Performing Arts New York Company will perform at the Detroit Opera House through to Jan. 27. For more information, visit ShenYunPerformingArts.org

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