Performance Review: Black History Program Produces Red Hot Results
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To celebrate Black History Month, Southfield High put on a captivating program brimming with music, poetry and a dramatic skit.
The program was co-hosted by English teacher Virna Hobbs-Calhoun and pianist Devon Cadwell.
The 45-minute show had several highlights, including a dance performance by senior Taylor Haywood to “Beautiful” by India Arie and a dance performance by junior Mariya Calhoun to“Powerful” by Alicia Keys.
Another show highlight was “Crayons,” an original spoken word poem about skin color by sophomore Faron Davis.
The Drama Club, under the direction of senior Zaire Marthrel, performed an original skit entitled “A Trip Through Time” about segregation and the importance of learning about Black History. At first it sounded as if the actors were shouting “Eat more rice!” but as their voices became more unified, their message of “Equal Rights” was easier to understand.
It’s impressive that a student-led group could pull the original skit together in a limited amount of time and with little direction.
The mixed choir kicked off the program with inspirational renditions of “Lift Every Voice” and “Sing.”
Though the program was impressive, it had a couple of timing flaws. The dismissal bell rang before the Marching Band could finish their closing performance of “Order My Steps,” and students left during the band number to catch their buses.
The program was presented twice; ninth and tenth graders saw the show during sixth hour; juniors and seniors saw the show during last hour. If the first performance had ended or started earlier, the second performance could have finished on time.
Despite the timing mishap, the overall program ended up being a wonderful outcome that showcased student talent as well as Black history.
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 stars