Looking on the Inside by Alexus Duarte

Oba William King performed at the University Of Chicago, Logan Arts Center May 17, 2016. The performance was called “Stories Around The World” and was very enjoyable for all ages. His first story had a deep meaning, but it wasn’t hard to understand that the younger audiences that were watching understood the moral of the story. The first story took place in Africa, when a man went to get water for the village everyday. One day, one of the gourds complained to the man that he had a hole in his side and that when they got to the village to give the water out he didn’t have any water left, that he was broken and worthless, but the man said he had a purpose, that he watered the flowers and the trees around the village. Mr. King stated, “it doesn’t matter if you’re broken, that doesn’t mean you’re worthless.”
What this means is that even though you might think you’re not important, you are. Everyone, no matter how broken they are, still serves a purpose on this earth, and you should never think that you’re not important anymore. Mr. King did a great job of explaining the importance of this theme, and making it easily understandable for the little kids.
I really enjoyed watching this performance. I thought it was a great performance for all ages. Younger audience members were very engaged in the performance. Everyone enjoyed the singing and drum playing that Mr. King included in his story. In my opinion, I enjoyed the story he told and the way he told it. He had a very uplifting energy that really stood out from the beginning. He was just very enjoyable to watch.
The two story tellers that I thought were very different were Mr. King and Mrs. Shimojima. Mr. King had a very uplifting energy throughout his whole performance and really involved his audience in his performance. Mrs. Shimojima was very serious in her story, and didn’t include her audience in it. Her performance was very traditional and serious. The way her tone of voice was made the whole mood of the story to be told in such a way that she spoke quietly and slowly, it came off as very serious to the audience.
However as stated above Mr. King was very different in performing. All the little children were laughing and giggling throughout his story, and he kept the whole audience alive after Mrs. Shimojima’s stories, and brought the whole performance to a great ending, and while both storytellers were different they were both good performances.
The stories that were told at the performance were amazing, and just full of deep meanings and excitement. The storytellers used many body motions and facial expressions to make their performances enjoyable. Two of the storytellers really were involved with the audience, which many people seemed to like. They changed their tone of voice to show how excited they were while telling their stories, or how serious they were while telling their stories.
The themes that seemed to really stand out from each story was to just be yourself because it doesn’t matter if you’re different, you are still amazing just the way that you are. The audience, especially the young children in the audience, were full of giggles and ooo’s and wow’s. Everyone really seemed to love the show, from how everyone was participating in the stories when they were asked to. Overall this performance was a great experience. I would recommend this to everyone of all ages.