A lot can be said about working on May 4th Voices:: Kent State 1970. Working in the theatre is different each time. You do one show about comedy, it’s funny. You do a show about a real life thing- you have to know what happened. At the theatre, you’re kind of taught what happened in a real life event.
For May 4th, I never knew the entire story of what had happened, and I live only forty five minutes away from the main Kent Campus. You learn a lot before you dive into the show, and it really helps you develop the characters and story more in depth…more accurately.
Joining any theatre program will bring people out of their shells. It allows you to interact with a different group of people, who are still like you. Theatre can take a lot of time. The auditions, the weeks building up to tech week, tech week and then the performance. You have to be patient when you join theatre. If you are not one of those people, theatre makes you into a patient person. Theatre makes you more alert. You have to be aware of where you are, what line you have and who is around you.
May 4th has been important to me because in order to prevent another event like this from happening again, it gives people and idea of what actually happened. It is a story about those who were there and witnessed the shootings. It is the story from students and the guardsmen. It tells a story of an untimely uncooperative government. May 4th is an eye opener. Because it gives you the chance to take a stand in your own political events. It gives the feeling of change.
You have the power to change things.
Working on May 4th is both a fun thing. Everyone backstage is your friend, basically family. But when the performance is going on, you know what needs to be done to make the show accurate.