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Theater Program Puts on a Powerful Red and Brown Water

Stephanie Black, Staff Writer

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This fall North Star’s theater program graced the school with the performance of Tarell Alvin McCraney’s,
In the Red and Brown Water. A great representation of the Yoruban Culture, the play has had a powerful influence on the students in the production. “This play—in brief—is about maturity and has made me understand what it means to grow,” said senior Marcus Anderson, who played Ogun Size.  

 

Added Cheaka Wilson, an 11th who played Mama Moja, “It’s a coming of age story where we see the protagonist experience a series of tragedies that will forever change her outlook.”

 

In the play, Oya, a rising track and field star, is forced to choose between the life of her mother and her dreams of the future. The play is poetic and powerful, and we should acknowledge the students and teachers who worked so hard to present this piece to our community.

 

The students portrayed their characters rather extravagantly and showed that theater is more than just individual’s acting; theater is about coming together to bring a story to life and telling that story to the audience in a way that they are able to reflect on and relate to the performance. The goal of the theater program is to grow the creative minds of students around the school and to encourages participants to take chancs on stage.

In the Red and Brown Water

Cast:

Destiny Lockhart– Oya

Cheaka Wilson-Mama Moja (mother of Oya and grandmother of Elegba

Al-Akhir Fletcher– Elegba (god brother of Oya

Milton Espinoza– O U Roon (Store Keeper and the state college running coach)

Marcus Anderson– Ogun Size (Nephew of Aunt Begua

Dimitri Shepherd– Shango

Meimounah Sherif– Aunt Begua (aunt of Ogun and godmother of Oya)

Kayla Killiebrew– Shun (a friend to Nia)

Darielis Rivas– Nia

Tajuddin Foster– The Egungun (a DJ)

Sincere Ervin– Singer

Markeys Glover– Musician

Mr. Chris Peterson– Director, Set and Costume Designer, Playbill   

Analia Acosta– Student Director       

Ashley Brea– Stage Manager     

Julian Manresa– Sound  

Michael Nyantakyi, Avrianna Murphy, Tia Suggs, Quentin Harrison– Lights/ Crew

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