June 27th at First Met; The Place Where You Belong, the Summer Camp performed “Aunt Lola’s Cafe” from local Playwright Henry H. Edwards, Jr. Local Choreographer Cherita Judson supported Director Edwards in staging the play, choreographing and rehearsing music dance routines and songs. The music was taught and directed by the First Met Music team member and Christian Psalmist Gabrielle Hynds. Both the play and staff were filled with the talent, which made the production a grand success.
The story is about a young lady named Charlie, who is being bullied and over looked by a gang lead by Tiger. Charlie is both young and loved by the community, who value his presence and him as a person. The tension emerges as Charlie and Tiger & Gang encounter each other at local diner; Lola’s Cafe. The entire community is placed the in the midst of tension built from a local gangs power and their potential to harm the flow of customers with their presence. They are forced to speak up or remain silent about the injustice they witness, and thus the scene is set.
Charlie; played by young star budding star Lela Brinkley was powerful. Her understanding of the character and timing helped the storyline translate to the audience. Joining her is the talented Adaiah Ogletree, who was cast as Tiger. Her performance of Tiger helped the audience learn a valuable lesson and carried the bulk of the comedic pieces. The combination of message and comedy keeps the script moving and the audience attentive.
The entire play can be seen on Youtube at Aunt Lola’s Cafe.