Kassandra Responds to Meet Me @ Metro 3

We ask our teens to write a page about their experience during field trips. Last week we took many teen mentors to see Meet Me @ Metro 3, and here is one response.

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Kassandra K.: My experience at the Meet Me @ The Metro was different than any other show I’ve seen. The variety of short stories put together that interlace the many Latin American culture was amazing to see. To begin, I’ve never seen a show on the metro. We took trains to go see different stories. Some were funny like the one at the park with the party day and the big orange bunny. Or others inspiring about having heart and the mother that decided to wait for her daughter even though she passed away.  There were others that celebrated the spirit of the arts such as the cowboy who brought back the music into the corrupted town. Or the mariachi performance on the lake. Or one of my favorites which celebrates the spirit of family and remembrance such as the show of the boxer and his memories of Boyle Heights. Each individual story expressed the different cultures found in Los Angeles and how every one of us is familia. There was one story that sticks out to me. The story of the memories of Boyle Heights and the different ghost. This story was about a ghost who in his living days lived in Boyle Heights. He became a gangster with some of the most famous gangsters of all time. But nobody ever recognized him at all. He died alone but began to torment a human to try and stop the noise the flowed around him. But it isn’t until he saw the other ghosts and then he began to remember about the people who lived in the same neighborhood.

The thing that stuck out to me is the message the story represented. You could be the greatest accomplished person in the world. You could live in the spotlight and be amazing. But nothing changes the fact that there is only one place you call home. And that place you will always return to dead or alive. Another story that caught my attention was the story of the solider and her mother. The mother receives a flag as she watches her daughter being buried. She says that her daughter will come home to her while her spirit watches in agony with amnesia of what recently happened. The soldiers who were also spirits that people aren’t related but because of the same experiences and places where they lived that they’re familia. She later learns that her love is stronger than the truth and as she sees her mom learning about what happened to her and how she had saved an ex-soldier she was able to pass on with the spirit of her Corazon. The last performance I remember clearly is of the man who brought back the music in a corrupted town. This town was ruled by a man who wasn’t appreciated for his music. He took over and took away the joy of music. But suddenly another man comes to oppose his corruption and takes away his rule with his might guitar and the help of a young violinist. The ending of the story was the best because he interrupted the narrator and played music to his heart’s content. But I liked that they expressed that there is music in many places and it’s what make the world interesting and different. There’s one question though. How do you and I bring this back to the theater? How do incorporate all these values of familia, Corazon, and music. How do I bring back Meet Me @ The Metro III? Don’t freak out because it’s really simple! Just follow the values and bring back the lessons learned. Incorporate rhythm and use memories to tell a story. Put yourself in the characters perspective and use your morals to affect the views or oppositions. The actors remained in character even when the train was moving and when people were getting on and off the train. Theater is an art that interlaces music and story, and sometimes in artistic works of painting. But it also connects morality and will. When you put that into a story you change from a simple opposition to a real force to be reckoned with.

We can't wait to hear her reaction to Rome at the End of the Line. And yours!