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Theatre Experience

By Deon A. Barksdale, Jr.

Life's most persistent and urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?

~Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Week Two of my experienceship has come and gone and it was a productive one. This Monday was MLK day where I volunteered with my organization the Collegiate 100 of FAMU on Saturday to assist with the Southside Dream Run and to pick up trash. It is always so rewarding to give back to the community as someone wise has said before, it is always better to give than to receive. So on this day of remembrance of one of America’s greasiest leaders and pioneers of race equality, that just a what I did. Even on a day like this, work never rests, so later on that day was an opportunity to record some action shots during the rehearsal of FAMU Essential Theatres second show of the 2019 year, “Blood at the Root”. The show is written by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Professor Anedra Small, opens up February 13th - 17th, 2019 and is about A young girl, Raylynn, who wants to leave a mark in her integrated school though she has to break some rules to do it, the outcome warrants the means. My favorite part about todays assignment was seeing how the experienceship was able to partner so closely with my major which is Theatre performance. The set up was a lot more simple than I thought it would be, it consisted of a small camcorder with 180 and 360 degree rotating capabilities, a tripod, and WiFi. In my mind I was expecting a whole production with lights, camera, and action!! It was a new experience and I loved every minute of soaking up all the information. As usual I am looking forward to next week. Until then Bon Voyage!

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