The Voices of THS

Katherine Boback ’17 and
Christina Yacoub ‘17

Trumbull High’s first poetry play, “Voice,” premiered on January 30th and proved that poetry could be fun, entertaining, and relatable to high school life.

The always engaging Colby Laracuente opened up the show, soon handing the microphone over to Madie Davids, the play’s main protagonist. In the first scene we see her struggle to speak up and let her voice be heard. Her character ultimately runs off the stage before getting the chance to recite her poem.

In the ensuing scenes, Davids’ fellow students express their journeys of finding their own voices through their captivating poetry. All of the scenes take place in school environments, including the lunchroom, hallways, and a class of students learning to express their own stories through poetry.

And who says poetry has to be boring? The themes of their poems talked about ideas that mull through the minds of every student working their way through high school, from grades to feeling powerless.

Each poem was relatable and interesting. Some even had the entire audience laughing, such as the witty rap battle between Laracuente, the master of ceremonies, and Cameron Kacin. The collection of poems finally led back up to Madie Davids who concluded the show.

Contrary to the beginning of the performance, where she ran off the stage, Davids gave her own poem about finding her voice.  Saying she would no longer be silent, she reached into the hearts of everyone in the audience when she said that we are the only ones stopping ourselves from using our own voices, a meaningful message to anyone struggling with finding themselves.

What appeared to be an effortless, yet meticulous performance involved hard work behind the scenes. Performer Kara Bowen commented, “It was hard because there were only fifteen of us who could write all the poems, organize it and make the props.” She also went on to say, “It was really fun working together on it, especially on such short notice.” The time they devoted to working together led to the cast members exceptional chemistry, which was visible for the audience to appreciate.

Moreover, all poems were read with confidence and composure, something very difficult to do considering the vulnerability and depth of each. Every emotion from the speaker was effectively presented to the audience. The eloquently articulated, somber writings to the much needed comic relief both set the stage for a phenomenal production.

Trumbull High Student Catherine Qiu raved, “This show was superbly executed and I’m glad I decided to come.”

Whether you’re an avid reader or a reluctant poet, “Voice” was an easily relatable and entertaining show that showed off all of the individuality and spirit at Trumbull High School. Check out the filmrecording of “Voice”: https://vimeo.com/119871325?from=facebook

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