Theater Department Takes On Amplified!

The theater department sheds light on BIPOC student struggles


The theater department showcased the production Amplified! Feb. 10 and 11 at 7 p.m.. The show featured different stories written by Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) students about their day-to-day experiences with prejudice.

The creation of the show was proposed by Theater teacher Kristin Rendina.

“In the first meeting, she posted that she was planning on doing it this year,” senior Emma Briceno said. “Every time she brought it up in class, she ended up saying when the meeting to start it was, and that’s how I just ended up going.”

During meetings for the show, the students worked together to come up with the scripts they would perform.

“We took a lot of time sitting down and talking about each of our experiences and how we felt about it, and we kind of just built from there about what we wanted to do and how we felt about each situation and experience,” senior Eva Lansdown said.

BIPOC students that participated in the show performed monologues detailing their experiences with prejudice and discrimination throughout their lives.

“I’m not really a girl, I’m very gay and my family is very African. They’re conservative when it comes to specific things, and me and Emma both come from the same background,” freshman Anne Sow said. “Many families of people of color are intensely homophobic or transphobic, especially with the old ideas.”

While some performers discussed relationships with their families, others talked about their connections to their culture.

“At Amplified!, I performed a monologue called ‘Don’t Look the Part’ about the fact that I am a white-passing hispanic, and I have a huge disconnect between myself and my culture and how frustrating that is,” Briceno said.

The performers hope that Amplified! will educate their peers about their hardships as a person of color.

“It teaches others that there are people who have experiences different than themselves, how other minorities are important and how we need to learn how to incorporate them and listen to those voices even if you aren’t a part of the community,” sophomore Carmen York said.

Junior Olivia Gordon agrees.

“It’s important because it educates everyone throughout the school about different struggles and different things that people from other cultures deal with throughout the day,” Gordon said.

Although they had little time to prepare, the show went off without a hitch.

“I think the performance went really well with only a few days of rehearsal, and I’m really proud of everybody in the production,” junior Rico Alston said.

Lansdown hopes that the production left a lasting impression on viewers.

“A lot of people talked to me saying how good it felt and how it opened their eyes. Some people never realized what I went through, so talking to them helped them realize,” Lansdown said. “I felt pretty good about it and how they said I did a good job, which made me feel great about myself.”