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Obama is a school with many talented students and is very well known to many, but there is one time a year when our school shines notably brighter. If you haven’t seen any of Obama’s famous musical productions like Footloose or The Wiz then boy oh boy have you missed out! This year, Ms. McKrell and her famous musical cast have really put the icing on the cake with this years musical…Shout!. And with her talented group of students, who wouldn’t want to see it? Shout! The Mod Musical is about five different women in 1960s England. Every girl is represented by a colour: Blue, Green, Orange, Yellow, and Red. All  five women have very distinctive personalities and each is in a different stage of live, striving to find her own place the world.

The six female leads were Junior Victoria Dorsett (the Blue Girl) Junior Imani Chisom (the Green Girl), Junior Marnie Quick (the Orange Girl), Freshman Bryce Chisom (the Yellow Girl), Senior Emma Somers (the Red Girl) in addition to Senior Hannah Williams who played advice columnist Gwendolyn Holmes for the magazine SHOUT! Victoria Dorsett did an outstanding job in her portrayal of the Blue Girl with a sassy yet all-about-looks attitude. Her character had everyone in awe as she struggled with her love life by trying to find “the one”. Imani dazzled the crowd as the Green Girl with a vivacious and enthusiastic attitude. Her character really made the audience laugh as she put her effort into making her character stand out from the others. Marnie Quick as the Orange Girl showed compassion for others despite  struggling through her married life and motherhood. Her voice just made the crowd cheer her on even more and was even nominated for a Gene Kelly Award for her performance. Bryce Chisom as the Yellow Girl was no stranger to the stage. The Yellow Girl was quite different from the others as her character was American. The struggle to fit in with a new crowd and setting seemed to be harder for her in more ways than one, not to mention her character’s obsession with Paul McCartney. Emma Somers as the Red Girl was quite the character, conflicted with many problems. Emma’s blocking and motion was laugh out loud hilarious and brought life to her klutzy character. Her story was that of the black sheep of her group of friends coming to terms with her identity and  eventually managing to find true love in the process. And lets not forget Hannah Williams as the Gwendolyn Holmes the advice columnist. Hannah as Gwendolyn really took center stage as she gave all five characters advice on love, friendships, relationships exposing the facile nature of 60’s gender roles. The play ends with the empowering message that soft skin and a new hair-do comes second to self-worth and independence.

These young and talented women showed so much enthusiasm and spirit. They really brought the ‘MAGIC’ to the Obama stage. And of course the closing remarks just made it even more special as Senior Jasmine Deakings who is also the Student Director, thanked conductor Mrs Sharif, Mr Schrader (who arranged the entire score of the musical) and Ms. McKrell for all their hard work and effort as her role models as well as her mother and other parents as well. With such a heartwarming speech and about how musical has changed not only her life , but the other cast members as well. Thanks to these fantastic cast and crew members. They really know how to put the ‘Music’ in Musical and we cant wait to see what next years musical holds for the Obama Academy student body. With the run of showings complete, Shout! was nominated for a whopping 10 Kelly Awards including best show and best director. Great Job Ms. McKrell and the cast of Shout! The Mod Musical.

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