Fuerza Pública turns show producer to help talented kids

Alexander Oh shows his expertise with the saber, as do native dancers after a word from Raúl Bonilla. A.M. Costa Rica/Zachery McDonald and Andrew Kasper

Every mother knows that idle hands are the Devil’s workshop, so to keep kids out of trouble some kinds of hobby, avocation or sport is needed.

The Fuerza Pública in the province of San José has adopted this philosophy, and police officers presented Matinee 2011 Wednesday where groups of youngsters could show their talent.

Music does not harbor ill will or violence, said Raúl Rivera Bonilla, the regional police chief. Most of the groups came from what the police call priority areas.

Most of the participants were under 15 years, including a group from Fundación Casa de los Niños who sung an adaptation of the Noah’s Ark story, complete with crocodile, Noah himself and various youngsters playing raindrops.
The Fuerza Pública has been sponsoring this show since 2008, and Wednesday the Teatro Popular Melico Salazar’s first level was nearly full with each group wearing a distinctive color. There were musicians, dancers and even a display of martial arts put on by the Centro de Artes Orientales from Los Yoses.

The overall theme was against drugs and violence, and the youngsters seemed receptive. Most had practiced at length to put on their performances.

The event is an extension of the various fairs and presentations that the police make all year long. The dancing ranges from a form of ballet to native ritual to even belly dancing by adult participants.

The Fuerza Pública is under the Ministerio de Gobernación, Policía y Seguridad Pública, and the role mainly is prevention.

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