When 5:00 p.m. rolled around on the evening of Thursday, March 12, the chapel was jam-packed with students, parents, and teachers all eagerly awaiting the start of the show. Extra chairs were brought in to accommodate those in attendance as English teacher Mr. Ethan Pennington welcomed everyone to the 3rd Annual Out Loud Midwinter Showcase. According to Mr. Pennington, part of being a teacher iscelebrating his students in all of their successes but being the advisor to the Out Loud club includes another set of responsibilities as well. The Out Loud club is for kids in search of a voice, and as Mr. Pennington put it, his job was to simply “help them find it and then get out of their way.” With Out Loud, students who have stories to tell get to shout them loudly which was exactly the purpose of this showcase.
Organized with the help of club student leaders, seniors Isabel Greenberg and Ava Kuslansky, more than twenty students presented either their own original works or performed covers of songs that move them in what was dubbed an “evening of spoken word and smooth melodies.” Nearly half of the students who performed have been contributors to the school’s literary magazine, Genesis, and some took the evening as an opportunity to recite some original poetry not yet published therein. Many of those who sang gave the audience just a taste of the vocal (and even comedic) talent that will be featured in this year’s Spring Musical. Scattered between the live performances were three very different short films created by seniors Eli Krauss (Look in My Sketchbook), Ava Kuslansky (Retouch), and Malcolm Moore (Origami Wars).
The event closed with a chorus of “Happy Birthday” from the audience for Isabel Greenberg as well as the suggestion that there might need to be another showcase in April to display all the talent that didn’t make it into the night’s program. Any students interested in developing their own voice or performing their work can attend club meetings during lunch on Mondays in Room 305 . All are welcome to do their part in helping Out Loud promote community through the arts at York Prep.