Stories Around the World by Rodrigo Zavala

Stories Around the World took place in Logan Arts Center on May 17 2016. The performers were Oba William King, Anne Shimojima, and Jasmin Cardenas. Each of the performers told at least two of their own stories. Some of the stories were myths and some were personal stories. Each of the stories had their own theme or moral. These stories used humor, sorrow and serious thoughts.
Oba’s story was about birds trying to look different. There was a bird party and all the birds were saying that they were the most beautiful. There was a blackbird and that bird was the most beautiful of all. All of the birds wanted a little bit of black to look better and more beautiful. The blackbird told all of the birds that what you look like doesn’t matter but your actions do.
I thought the play was amazing. I feel like Oba did a really good job. I wonder how he came up with this story and what made him think of it? Many people believe that the story could help people out in their life. Oba used two types of techniques to get the audience’s attention. Sometimes Oba would sing. At times Oba would have the audience repeat what he said. These techniques made the audience pay more attention. Oba and Jasmin had two very different stories. Both of their techniques were very different. Oba would have the audience repeat what he was saying. Jasmin on the other hand just told her story. Both stories were very good but disparate.
The central theme of the story was that everybody’s beautiful on the inside. The way you look doesn’t count but your personality does. Since everybody wanted a little bit of black to look better she told them that appearances don’t matter. The moral of the story was that everybody’s beautiful regardless of how they look. All of the storytellers had their own techniques. They all used facial and body expressions. The moral of the stories taught us a life lesson.