On Wednesday, Dec. 7, Kreativity Diversity Troupe held a showcase at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center with the theme “The Heart and Where to Find It.”
According to their website, Kreativity Diversity Troupe’s mission is “to provide the University of Maryland with a diverse voice expressed through performance.” Each semester, the group puts together a variety of short skits, songs and other sketches that are meant to “represent 21st century America.”
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The theme of this semester’s event was love. Entitled “The Heart and Where to Find It,” the two-hour performance drew around 50 guests to the Cafritz Foundation Theatre. With 12 acts and a wide array of talents to showcase, including (but not limited to) singing, dancing, and acting, the Troupe aimed to capture the essence of many different types of love.
From a skit about a couple burying their dead dog, to a slam poem about growing up African-American in the United States, to a sketch satirizing Tinder, the performance had no shortage of diverse acts.
“I think we were trying to leave the audience with…a different understanding of the forms that love can take,” said senior psychology major Rebecca Bradley, a member of the troupe. She then added that she believes that love is versatile, and can “be expressed through art, dance, poetry, acting…performance, basically.”
Constructing a 12-act show takes time, effort, and high levels of commitment from all students involved. “We usually start [preparing] about one month into the school year,” said David Egbufoama, a junior public health major. “It’s really hard to schedule rehearsal time, but somehow, we’ve managed to make it work.”
“I was very impressed,” said Carla Monardes, who came to the show to watch her son perform. She added that the performances of all the artists had an impact on her personally, and that she was glad to have been able to attend the event.
For Egbufoama, Monardes’ and the other attendees impressions are all that really matters.
“You know, you’re always gonna be your own biggest critic,” he said. “I just look for the audience. As long as they enjoyed it, then I’ll be happy.”