Performing Arts students took a trip to Steppenwolf Theater to watch the play adapted from Chicago poet Eve Ewings’ writings called 1919. The play follows the true story of how Eugene Williams, a Black teenage boy, was killed for swimming in Lake Michigan and the riots that followed. Afterwards, students had the opportunity to ask the actors questions and discuss their thoughts on the play.
“I really liked it,” senior Daniel Jacinto-Rendon said, “The actors did a really good job. I learned a lot just by watching their movements and facial expressions. I was impressed that they had to memorize a lot of lines. They said they had been rehearsing for a few months so I know it was a lot of hard work.”
This is the second year of Speer’s new Performing Arts course and many students, including Daniel, were excited it was added.
“When I was in middle school, I was in a play and I got interested in acting. So I am happy that our school added a Performing Arts class so I can focus on something that interests me,” Daniel said.
Daniel also said he appreciates the Performing Arts class not only because he’s interested in acting but because of how fun it is.
“My favorite part about Performing Arts is the fun activities. We play games like Zoom, Splat, or Mirror where you have to copy your partner and reflect their actions or emotions,” Daniel said.
Daniel said he’s currently looking at colleges that have theater programs because he wants to study it more and become an actor.
Mr. Sanabria, the Performing Arts teacher, says he loves teaching Performing Arts.
“I love teaching Performing Arts because it allows students to channel their creativity through acting, presentations, and dialogue,” Mr. Sanabria said, “Students also have the opportunity to acquire new skills through master classes given by collegiate theater professors from DePaul and North Park University. Performing Arts challenges students to be well rounded in their studies of both academics and arts.”