Students Ready to ‘Change It Up’ on Dec. 2, 3

Students will take the stage and blend revolutionary poets, actors, emcees and musicians starting Friday night. Florida A&M’s Essential Theatre’s “Change It Up III: Trippin’ Out” will offer creativity and audience interaction.

Associate professor of theatre and director of the production Kim Harding said although many students think theatre only involves acting and plays, spoken word is also a form of theatre. The spoken word mixture will address the theme of social and political consciousness.

“This is only our third time performing it, but last time students had a ball,” said Harding. “Most students probably think of spoken word as it is done on television shows, but it can also be upbeat and very relatable.”

Mikson Cantave, a third-year business administration student, said he does not usually attend plays but is looking forward to this production.

“A friend of mine told me that this play is supposed to be down to earth and a look into reality so I’m actually looking forward to this one,” said Cantave.

Students will share their views about current events and social issues. Performers were chosen through auditions, which many say were less nerve-racking because they were auditioning and will be performing as themselves.

“I am especially drawn to this production because it is interesting to be able to see the world according to FAMU students,” said Harding. “They see the world completely different than I did when I was their age.”

Admission prices are $10 for adults, $5 for FAMU students and $5 for other students. Seating will be limited. The production is considered adult entertainment and will include adult language.

“During this type of production, students are given a platform where they can express themselves without having to filter out as much,” said Harding.

Performances will run on Friday, Dec. 2, at 10 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. at the Ronald O. Davis Acting Theater in Tucker Hall on the first floor. For more information, contact FAMU’s Essential Theatre at 850- 561- 2425.