By Billy Stitz
One of the most entertaining and sought-after performers in all of the world is coming to Flandreau High School to help the After Prom Committee raise money for their after prom party. The event, which is set for 7:00 p.m. this Sunday the 13th, will be a show that won’t be soon forgotten.
Reza, who grew up just 20 miles north of Flandreau in Brookings, will be performing in front of a smaller crowd than he is used to, but that will not take away from the amazement he will bring to the audience.
He has been honing his skills since the ripe age of six, when he saw a magician perform at his elementary school. He started working hard on his magic and entertainment skills. Then he started performing in front of his friends and family, using them as a soundboard before moving up to his own shows at his elementary school. “Their excitement about something made me even more passionate about it,” Reza said.
Reza got his first chance at a publicized show when he was just 12 years of age. A short three years later, he got his big break when he was signed to perform in Branson, Missouri, the live entertainment capital of the world.
While in Branson, Reza was doing 18 shows a week. Despite the exhaustion, it gave him plenty of time to hone his gift for entertaining. The shows really opened up the doors of opportunity to him.
He has sold out shows from Denver to New York, and Orlando to Los Angeles. He was just in Miami doing a show as well as performing at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX where he performed in front of 13,500 people. He does several major markets shows a year in New York and Las Vegas but it’s his nature to love performing in the Midwest.
His shows are flashy and brilliant, and by no means is it a small show. Reza’s current tour transports upwards of 15,000 lbs. of lighting, sound and staging. He recently made an appearance on MTV’s ‘Buzzworthy’ and is currently in development of a new reality television series.
Even though his show in Flandreau will be to a lesser scale, there is no denying the amazement it will bring. It doesn’t matter to Reza whether he is performing in front of 13,000 fans in Texas or 200 people in Flandreau - it’s the reaction that excites him. “The fans make me love what I do. I love creating and developing new effects, but it is often a long process. It’s seeing and hearing the audience reaction that drives me.”
Tickets for the show are $12 in advance and $15 at the door for adults. Student tickets are $10 in advance and $12 at the door. Contact Tonya at 997-3731 or 864-1538.