CPDT’s Open Mic Night: by Eve Brown-Ryder

Memorial’s own Crusader Player Drama Team (CPDT), advised by Mrs. Ruth Nice, hosted an Open Mic Night on Friday, November 15th. The night was three hours long and there was never a dull moment. The CPDT’s months of planning paid off for the students, families, and teachers in attendance.

There were two ways to perform: the sign-up table in the cafeteria in the week leading up to the event or at the event between and after planned performances. Eighteen slots were filled on prior to the event, but six of those acts did not show up to claim their time in the limelight. The talented people who did follow through were Evelin Davis, Michael Violette, Nyssa Barrett, Chuck and Ben (as they called themselves), Mr. Cygan and Mr. Gocklin, Mr. Gocklin again (but solo this time), Tyler Shaw, Emma Rossi, Shannon Sullivan, Madelyn Petersen, Kira Harrison, and Athena Vasilopoulos. 

The impromptu performances who appeared that evening were not as well tracked, but there were multiple encores for Michael and Tyler as well as plenty of ragtag groups of teens singing along to songs they sometimes barely knew including “L-O-V-E” by Nat King Cole, “Rolling in the Deep” by Adele, and “Party in the U.S.A” by Miley Cyrus. One girl even brought her aunt on stage with her to perform “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” by Whitney Houston. Even when the acts were not well-rehearsed, the audience (of approximately 60 people) always had fun singing or clapping along.

The night was hosted by Mark Lupa and Aldina Karahasan who introduced acts and brought plenty of compliments and humor to the stage. In all, Open Mic Night was a resounding success. People were signing up to perform all the way up to the end of the night and everyone appreciated the beautifully decorated cafeteria. It truly was a night to be remembered and repeated.  

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