On Widener Day, students come together to share their talents with an engaged audience. The Widener Memorial School and Central students have prepared for weeks to put on a lively show on Monday, December 21th in Central’s auditorium. Selections from both Widener and Central students and clubs add to the greatness of day’s events. The Widener Show provides an opportunity for students of all different backgrounds to showcase their abilities.
Widener is not only about the performances, but also about the preparations that go into making the show spectacular. Ms. Christine MacArthur and Ms. Leslie Strothers, the Widener Memorial Senior Activity Board Leader, spent months preparing for the show behind the scenes.
Leslie Strothers has been involved in the Central/Widener collaboration for six years.
“We have a few practices before the show. The students pick their own songs and the graduates prepare a gift for Central every year,” Strothers explains. When asked what Widener Day meant to her, Strothers replied that it was about “a day our kids get to interact with their other peers, and an opportunity to show they have the same abilities, opening them up to realize they do things differently, but that they’re not different.”
Ms. MacArthur has helped run the Widener performance for eleven years. Ms. MacArthur chooses the acts according to talent and diversity. Her years of experience working on the show have allowed her to make better decisions for shows in years to come. The only challenges Ms. MacArthur faces now are “last minute drop-outs and finding the perfect talent that will appeal to the audience. The talent of the show has to reflect the talent of the student body.”
Over twenty-five acts are scheduled for Widener Day , ranging from cultural dances to a performance on a classic guitar. Some Central clubs that are involved are AASU, Pep-Squad, and IPCO. Caribbeans In Action, better known as CIA, will be performing a dance routine that will take the audience on a journey to the West Indies.
“It is going to be authentic and original. We plan to give everyone a taste of the Islands. It will be a treat that our dear Widener students won’t be able to forget,” said Frantzcia Jean (275), the president of CIA.
Widener students have also prepared several acts for the show. Their performances include songs, interpretive dances, raps, and poem recitations. A well-known and favored performer is Kiessence Rone, a senior at Widener Memorial School, who has performed on Widener Day since December 2013. She began singing when she was three years old. She prefers to sing songs that she and the audience can relate to, such as those that highlight boy problems and emphasize overcoming adversity. Kiessence reveals that singing is an escape for her.
“It’s just amazing. I get to be my own person….That’s what singing is about. You overcome a lot and let things go when singing,” said Kiessence.
This year at the Widener Showcase, Kiessence will be singing out of her norm; she’ll be singing an acapella song called “Angel” by Jasmine V.
Kiessence also had words of advice for people interested in performing. “Be who you want to be. You being ‘you’ brings the best ‘you’ out of you.”
All performers put aside their regular schedules to practice two hours a day, five days a week in preparation for the Widener Day performance. The show is truly a memorable tradition between Widener and Central. This year’s Widener Day will most definitely prove to be another great success for both the students and the schools.
Toni-Ann Slaney (275), Staff Writer
Tia Brown (275), Staff Writer
Amir Hill (275), Staff Writer
Ndi Ikpe (275), Staff Writer