by Robyn King, J-Adviser and photos by Destnee Walton
The Lot “Consequences” is a play by students in the community from schools such as Hogan, University of Academy, Hickman Freshman Center and Ruskin High School. Ruskin had six students involved in the play seniors Mahmood BanyAlmarjeh, Domanic Johnson, NayVine Roland, Aeriona Verge, Jada Warren and junior Brandon Holley-Nelson.
“The Lot was a beautiful experience because it was a different experience,” BanyAlmarjeh said. “I’ve never done a play because I was always involved in musicals so the fact that I got the opportunity to be a part of it was amazing.”
The play is put on by the Hype program with the Calvary Community Outreach Network during The National Week of prayer for the Healing of AIDS. The play brings awareness to the HIV criminalization law that targets and punishes people living with HIV. The play dealt with issues of HIV, drugs, alcohol, gun violence and sex.
“It was very fun and I’m very happy I can explain the issues of AIDS and HIV,” senior Domanic Johnson said.
The students made the issues relevant to an audience of their age. Students from the performing schools were invited to attend a special performance at the Kauffman Center during the day Thursday, April 19. Ruskin alone brought 400 students to see the play.
“It was fun because it was my first and largest audience,” Roland said. “The character I played was the total opposite from me so I got a new experience.”
The students were also surprised by special guest Bre-Z, from the Fox show Empire, that came to the stage. During the evening performance Bre-Z and the cast members of The Lot performed for the audience.
“Being in the play was an amazing experience. Getting to meet people with a variety of talents and with it being my first hype show it was an exciting, fulfilling, and it was nice,” Holley-Nelson said. “Then with Bre-Z performing and coming backstage with us for the last show just meant how much she respected what we were doing and just wanted to show her support so that meant a lot. Being able to see someone on TV in person that was like wow.”
“Being in the play was an amazing experience. Getting to meet people with a variety of talents and with it being my first hype show it was an exciting, fulfilling, and it was nice and then with Bre-Z performing and coming backstage with us just meant the last show how much she respected what we were doing and just wanted to show her support so that meant a lot. Being able to see someone on TV in person that was like wow.” Brandon Holley-Nelson said.