BY KELCEY CAULDER
On Saturday, March 21st the University of Georgia’s Caribbean Student Association (CaribSA) hosted Caribbean Night in downtown Athens’ Morton Theater. The event, one of the many Ethnic Nights presented by International Student Life (ISL) organizations, featured both dinner and a play entitled “Not Enough.”
According to Kiersten Willis, CaribSA’s secretary and social media manager, the group had been preparing for Saturday’s event since January. “We had script writing nights where exec board collaborated on ideas for the play and our choreographer, Britney Hardweare, has been working super hard on dances and even had some help from the dancers,” Willis said.
Willis continued to say that the play’s title “Not Enough” supports the event’s theme of cultural awareness. She said, “We’re basically asking the question: where do you come from and how does that shape your experiences?”
The president of the organization, Darren Robinson, expanded on Willis’ statement, saying, “We decided the theme with the assistance of the general body. During a discussion about being ‘Caribbeans at UGA,’ there was an overall consensus of students having feelings of inadequacy or being split between cultures and trying to find a balance.”
“Not Enough” certainly addressed these issues through its colorful telling of the internal conflict of an American-born woman with Caribbean roots struggling to come to terms with her cultural identity. The feeling that CaribSA wanted to capture – that of not knowing where you fit in culturally – was brought to life throughout the performance.
Willis, who also performed as a dancer in “Not Enough,” also said, “Maybe it’s because I wish I were a performer myself, but there’s nothing better to me than the energy I feel from watching a dancer hit each and every move. I hope our show does that for the audience.”
Saturday’s performance succeeded in doing just that. The vibrantly colored costumes, energetic music, and wonderfully choreographed steps brought the dances to life.
The food provided at the event far surpassed expectations. Meals included curry shrimp, fried plantains, and jerk chicken, which, according to Willis, can be made with a wet or dry rub full of various, often spicy seasonings.
The beautiful production quality of the play, as well as its vibrant costumes and amazing choreography, and the delicious, traditional meals provided left me wishing that the next annual Caribbean Night would come just a bit sooner.