The Theatre Club of the American University of Nigeria, AUN, in conjunction with the Student Government Association, SGA, on Thursday, April 7, presented a dance drama entitled Aproko Musical.
The dance drama, which took place at the Cafeteria, featured students of the University, who put up thrilling and expert performances and interpreted their roles excellently.
Guests who were at the presentation included the Dean of Student Affairs, Byron Bullock, a faculty in the Department of English Language and Literature, Dr. Tristan Purvis, and a faculty and Director of the Writing Center, Ms Mariana Silva.
“Aproko”, is a Nigerian parlance for “gossip”, so the presentation is a fusion of dance, drama, and songs and it seeks to teach morals and ethical lessons.
Set in a university campus, the show deals with issues like blackmail, theft, gossip and other vices.
Uche, a central character in the story, is a student who steals from her mates, and the villain, Osai, often blackmails his fellow students.
Uche steals a ring belonging to Tamara, her classmate, and Osai finds out and attempts to blackmail Uche.
Uche does not co-operate, so Osai tells Tamara, and Tamara reports it to the school authorities. Tamara also reports Osai when she finds out about his blackmail and extortions, and Osai in turn reports Tamara for having an intimate affair with an instructor, Professor Maxwell.
The plot unravels, showing Uche and Tamara suspended, Osai expelled, and Professor Maxwell fired by the university authorities.
Producer of the show and President of the Theatre Club, Miss Ebiuwairo Uwagboe, said the idea came when her group tried to do something students could relate to.
“We were just thinking of ideas students could identify with; you know, sleeping with an instructor, things going on in dorms, gossip and things like that,” she said.
According to Miss Uwagboe, the production was centered on blackmail because it is one of the most common vices perpetrated by students.
“It is pretty much the worst one because you’re basically harassing the student…. You can’t say it’s just blackmail, because you’re basically telling someone ‘I own you, so whatever I say you do,”’ she explained.
The musical was received positively by the audience, who clapped and cheered throughout the performance.
A student at the event, Bathsheba Wampana, commended the performance, and added that it was full of morals for discerning viewers.
“The acting was very good; the actors didn’t look like this was their first time acting. It really passed the message across in a very fun way, and it captured and told a lot of stories in a very short time.”
The Theatre Club has in the past staged a dramatization of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book, Half of a Yellow Sun, and an adaptation of Shakespeare’s Othello.
By Zamiyat Abubakar