Poetry, magic, music and more: Coffee House
Twinkling lights and the aroma of freshly brewed coffee helped the Northwood Theatre Arts Company transform the Performing Arts Courtyard on May 27 into a dazzling and relaxed environment that showcased the talent of students through instrumental, vocal and spoken word pieces.
“It was amazing to see all the Northwoodians, even those not involved in the theatre department, come out and share their unique talents with an audience,” theatre arts member junior Hazar Eldick said.
The event featured 24 acts, many of which were original pieces, with several acts raising awareness of various struggles, such as social stigmas associated with race and gender. Other performances that were more light-hearted included a comedy and magic act performed by sophomore Sahas Poyekar.
“I think the best word to describe Coffee House would be ‘intimate,’” said junior Andy Lee, who performed on guitar. “Right before a performance starts, after the welcoming applause, there’s this air of quiet and anticipation where you can feel the audience engaging in.”
Attendees were provided with pastries and unlimited coffee as they entered a courtyard decorated with student-built sets and a variety of themed props from this year’s three mainstage productions of “Macbeth,” “Shrek the Musical” and “Peter and the Starcatcher.”
“My favorite part of Coffee House was going through our design center and picking out pieces from our shows this year to display in the courtyard for the night,” Eldick said . “It’s a proud moment to step back and look at our year’s work summed up in one last event.”
The event was hosted by students in the Advanced Drama and Advanced Technical Theatre classes under co-artistic directors seniors Katherine Paladichuk and Vonnie Wei and seniors Ryan Moreno and Serene Chen.
Although Coffee House is Northwood Theatre Arts’s final event of the school year, preparations for next year’s mainstage productions are rapidly approaching, with auditions for the musical “The Little Mermaid” taking place when school returns from summer break.