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Press Release - White House Announces 2015 Easter Egg Roll Talent Line-up and Program

March 23, 2015

WASHINGTON – Today the White House announces the talent line-up, program, and activities for the 2015 White House Easter Egg Roll, a tradition in its 137th year and the largest annual public event at the White House.

The Easter Egg Roll will take place Monday, April 6, on the South Lawn of the White House. In celebration of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative, this year's theme is "#GimmeFive," challenging Americans across the country to #GimmeFive things they are doing to eat better, be more active, and lead a healthier life. This year's event will feature sports and fitness zones, cooking demonstrations, and Easter classics such as the egg roll and egg hunt, in addition to live music and storytelling.

To learn more about the Easter Egg Roll visit www.whitehouse.gov/eastereggroll. Tune in for live streams from the South Lawn on April 6, 2015 on whitehouse.gov/live. You can also join the conversation online using the hashtag #GimmeFive and get the latest updates by checking out Let's Move! on Twitter and Facebook.

Talent Line-up

The Official Emcee of the 2015 White House Easter Egg Roll is Tommy McFly. The United States Marine Corps Band will perform American classics. ID4GiRLS will sing the ‘National Anthem.'

DJ Fussyman, Diggy Simmons, Fifth Harmony, MKTO, Newsies, Sesame Street, and "So You Think You Can Dance" All-Stars, will perform on the Rock ‘n' Egg Roll Stage.

Bringing stories to life, readers at the Storytime Stage will be Connie Britton, Misty Copeland, Genevieve Goings, Marsai Martin and Miles Brown, Omar Miller, and Sesame Street.

The Eggcited to Cook Stage features chefs Sunny Anderson, Chris Cosentino, Bobby Flay, Aarón Sánchez, Gail Simmons, and Michael Symon along with DJ Cavem and Alkemia Earth as they prepare delicious recipes showing easy ways to incorporate healthy eating into everyday meals.

In the Eggtivity Zone, Dr. Jayne Greenberg, Caitlin Cahow, Misty Copeland, Lt. Gen. (Ret.) Mark Hertling, Cornell McClellan, and Donna Richardson will represent the President's Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition. Players and coaches from professional sports teams will show kids fun ways to stay active while at the President's Court kids can get hands-on training from basketball and tennis pros.

This year's participating athletes include:

Bilqis Abdul-Qaadir (NCAA Women's Basketball)

Katrina Adams (US Tennis, Retired and US Tennis Association, president)

Davy Arnaud (D.C. United, MLS)

Chris Baker (Washington Redskins, NFL)

Tornado Alicia Black (Women's Tennis)

Bobby Boswell (D.C. United, MLS)

Calais Campbell (Arizona Cardinals, NFL)

Chris Canty (Baltimore Ravens, NFL)

Victoria Duval (Women's Tennis)

Sean Franklin (D.C. United, MLS)

Robert Griffin III (Washington Redskins, NFL)

Markus Halsti (D.C. United, MLS)

Roman Harper (Carolina Panthers, NFL)

Angela Hucles (US Soccer, Retired and president of Women's Sports Foundation)

Ryan Kerrigan (Washington Redskins, NFL)

Stefan Kozlov (Tennis)

Matt Lawrence (NFL, Retired)

Esther Lofgren (US Olympic Rowing)

LaShawn Merritt (US Olympic Track and Field)

Ben Olsen (D.C. United head coach, MLS)

Niles Paul (Washington Redskins, NFL)

Chris Pontius (D.C. United, MLS)

Kelly Berger Rabil (US Lacrosse)

Paul Rabil (US Lacrosse)

Rajeev Ram (Tennis)

Noah Rubin (Tennis)

Briana Scurry (US Soccer, Retired)

Torrey Smith (San Francisco 49ers, NFL)

Steve Smith, Sr. (Baltimore Ravens, NFL)

Frances Tiafoe (Tennis)

Coco Vandeweghe (Women's Tennis)

David Wagner (American Wheelchair Tennis)

DeMarcus Ware (Denver Broncos, NFL)

Dominique Wilkins (NBA, Retired and Basketball Hall of Famer)

Brandon Williams (Baltimore Ravens, NFL)

Doug Williams (NFL, Retired and Super Bowl XXII MVP)

Caroline Wozniacki (Women's Tennis)

Boston Renegades (Women's Football Alliance)

D.C. Divas (Women's Football Alliance)

US Olympic Fencing Team

Washington Capitals (NHL)

Washington Mystics (WNBA)

Washington Wizards (NBA)

The Yoga Garden will explore the connection between movement, breath, and mindfulness featuring long-time professional Yoga instructor, Leah Cullis.

The Hop To It Stage will offer a variety of interactive dance and other physical activities from Hip Hop Public Health, KidTribe, Robotic Dancing, Soul Cycle, Troops for Fitness, and The Happiness Club.

Other Activities

In addition to the programs listed above, activity centers rounding out the full list of events include:

EGGSPRESS YOURSELF

Enjoy activities that hatch your inner artist with arts and crafts fun.

•      Egg Dying. Transform a plain white egg into your very own multi-colored art creation.

•      Blossom Books. Celebrate the coming of spring using the Japanese art technique of block printing.

•      Eggbot on My Mind! Learn how breakthrough robot technology helps with today's healthy living.

•      Healthy Food on My Mind Chef Hats. Show all the healthy thoughts you're thinking! Create and decorate chef hats with drawing of colorful fruits and vegetables that make up a healthy diet.

PLAY WITH YOUR FOOD

An entertaining activity center filled with opportunities to learn about healthy eating, including where eggs come from and how they get from the farm to your table.

•      Family Farm Stand. Learn, play, and explore the benefits of produce and vegetables.

•      Quick like a Bunny. Use the White House garden as inspiration while you make a garden cup necklace filled with seeds that grow quick like a bunny.

•      Buzzing About Bees. Who knew the White House has an apiary? And just what is an apiary anyway? Learn that and many more fantastic bee facts.

•      People's Garden. Learn about the importance of pollinators and see honey, bees, and bats up close!

•      #GimmeFive Ingredients! Learn about building a healthy plate with five ingredients.

EGGSPERIMENT ZONE

Interactive, educational activities designed to spark scientific curiosity and creativity.

•      Sink or Float. Determine whether various objects sink or float in tubs of water.

•      Paper Bag Kites. Learn how to make your own high-flying kites from a common paper bag.

•      Sound Sandwiches. Listen and learn about science through innovation and invention.

As guests prepare to enter the South Lawn, the Ellipse will have an entertainment stage where guests can enjoy musical acts and activities including Troops for Fitness and Zumba. Picture-perfect opportunities will abound the Ellipse and South Lawn with strolling characters and photo props.

This year's costume characters and magicians include:

AbraKidabra! -- Angry Birds -- Arthur – Barbie – Bob, Stuart, and Kevin from ‘The Minions' -- Buddy from Dinosaur Train -- Captain Barnacles and Kwazii from The Octonauts –- Captain Planet -– Charlie Brown -- Charlie and Checkers -– Cheer Bear from the Care Bears –- Clifford the Big Red Dog -– Cookie Monster -– Curious George -- Daniel Tiger -- Doki from Discovery Familia -- Dora the Explorer -– Duck from WordWorld -- Dynamike

Eddie and Sofie from The Little People -- Emmet and WyldStyle from the LEGO Movie -- Hatching Chick -- Little Nutbrown Hare -- Magical Nick -- Maisy -- Mama, Papa, and Junior Bunnies -- Maya & Miguel -- Miffy -- Mop Top the Hip Hop Scientist and Lollipop -- Ninjago Kai -– NumNums and Pipsqueak from ZhuZhu Pets -- Oh and Captain Smek from the movie ‘Home' -- Olive the Ostrich -– Peppa Pig and George -- Peg + Cat -- Power Panther

Princess Presto – Saban's Power Rangers Dino Charge -- Screech -– Sid the Science Kid -- Slapshot -- Smokey Bear -- Snoopy -- SpongeBob SquarePants -- Super WHY! -- The Cat in the Hat -– The Odd Squad -- The Racing Presidents George, Tom, Abe, Teddy, and Bill -– The Wiggles Friends Dorothy the Dinosaur, Wags the Dog and Henry the Octopus–- Thing 1 and Thing 2 -- Topspin and Slice -- Woodsy Owl -– YooHoo and Pammee from YooHoo & Friends -– Bula from the Zula Patrol

Additional Information about the 2015 Easter Egg Roll

For the seventh year in a row, members of the public had the opportunity to enter an online lottery for a chance to win tickets to the event and more than 35,000 people from all 50 states and the District of Columbia have received tickets to the event.

This year's event will begin at 7:30 AM and end at 6:45 PM EDT.

Barack Obama, Press Release - White House Announces 2015 Easter Egg Roll Talent Line-up and Program Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project https://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/node/248808

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