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Bravo, Eli

November 4, 2012
Weirton Daily Times

To the Editor,

Each and every one of us has experienced memorable moments in our life. These moments can range from our first falling in love, to our first baseball game with Dad, or seeing the miracle of your daughter or son or grandchild being born. Life presents to each of us rare opportunities that leave distinct impressionable images in our mind. Each of us will experience these differently, but once these images are captured, they can be recalled at any time, with vivid color, detail and symmetry as though they just happened, even though some may have taken place 10, 20 or more years ago.

One such memorable moment occurred for me and my wife Patty as we watched in utter awe an outstanding performance by a young boy from Weirton. Nine-year-old Eli Tokash took center stage Sunday, Oct. 21, at the Benedum Center's production of "Mary Poppins."

Eli played the part of Michael Banks and executed his part with absolute grace and elegance, without an ounce of fear or intimidation. The smile on the face of this young boy indicated he was truly enjoying his experience to sing and dance, as he moved across the stage with precision and accuracy, all the while delivering his lines with perfect timing and all with a perfect English accent.

The entire production was amazing, but his performance was absolutely stunning and beyond spectacular. Recognize the fact this young boy never had one lesson in theater, not one lesson in vocals, or dance or acting. This talent is derived purely and naturally from his spirit.

His parents, PJ and Jennifer Tokash, his sister Tessie and brother Zak were instrumental to encourage Eli into the theater. Grandparents Paul Tokash and Donna and Dr. Eli Dragisich and Sharon have to be exceedingly proud of this young boy's ability.

So for those who saw Eli's performance, you truly experienced a most incredible memorable moment. For those that didn't, hopefully his career will bring him back to Pittsburgh. You truly have to see for yourself his extraordinary talent.

To Eli, all I can say is, you have a rare and gifted talent. You have been uniquely and profoundly blessed by God, so continue to follow your dreams!

Thomas Zielinsky


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