Rockville Troupe Makes News in German Sister City

The Finest! performs in Pinneberg.


A local performance troupe is making headlines in Germany as it travels and performs in Rockville’s sister city of Pinneberg and in the German capital.

The Finest!, a multicultural troupe of actors, dancers and steppers, performs in and community events in and around Rockville.

The troupe was invited to perform in Germany after a delegation from Pinneberg saw The Finest! perform in 2010 as part of Rockville’s 150th anniversary celebration, Rotraut Bockstahler, a past president of the Rockville Sister City Corporation, wrote in an email.

The performance “took the hearts of the [Pinneberg] mayor and the delegation,” said Bockstahler. “Following their invitation, The Finest Performance Troupe is presently in Pinneberg and hosted by families of the German American Society Rockville Pinneberg.”

An account of the group’s first performance appeared July 27 in the Pinneberger Tageblatt.

“Engaging, highly emotional and with a message: ‘The Finest’ coming from Pinneberg's US-American Sister City Rockville, presented a mix of dance, skit and theater performance to an audience at City Hall, which was filled to capacity,” the Pinneberger Tageblatt reported, according to a translation of the German-language newspaper. 

The 13 through 24-year-old performers brought with them excerpts from their repertoire 'Be the Change'. This play deals in short scenes with problems of drug and alcohol abuse, peer pressure and domestic violence. Under the title ‘A Change Gon' Come’ the group, which mainly consists of African-American performers, presented scenes from the life of former slave Harriet Tubman.”

The troupe is scheduled to perform again today and also planned to perform at a street festival in Berlin, Bockstahler said.

Rockville’s sister city relationship with Pinneberg dates to 1957 and includes a student exchange and other programs.

Click here for more information about The Finest!

Click here for more information about the Rockville Sister City Corporation.

Brigitta Mullican August 03, 2012 at 03:37 PM
The Rockville Sister City Corporation was honored to support Rockville's performance troupe the "Finest" to perform in our German Sister City, Pinneberg, Germany. Please view the video performance of the group attached to this site. The RSCC Board thank all its members and corporate sponsor for its financial support. We also thank the City of Rockville and the Rockville Rotary club in helping the Finest to travel to Germany. Mr. Sedam we thank you for posting this article. RSCC invite other to support our exchanges by becoming a member. See attached membership form. Membership dues are $20 for an individual, $30 for family and $100 for corporate sponsor. Membership dues is our man source of funds. For more information, contact RSCC at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com. RSCC invite other to support our exchanges by becoming a member. Membership dues are $20 for an individual, $30 for family and $100 for corporate sponsor. For more information, contact RSCC at RockvilleSisterCities@gmail.com. Brigitta Mullican, Vice President, Rockville Sister City Corporation
Sean R. Sedam August 03, 2012 at 11:17 PM
Click the PDF above for the membership form. Thanks for the great video Brigitta! Do you know if this is the performance they're presenting in Germany?


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