By Aniell Ortiz
CCC Journalism Program
BLACKWOOD – The Camden County College Readers’ Theatre Project will mix poetry with a silent film screening on Dec. 3.
At 6:30 p.m. in Civic Hall on the Blackwood campus, members of the CCC Readers’ Theatre will recite works by U.S. Poet Laureate Juan Felipe Herrera. This will be one of five events celebrating Herrera’s poetry but a silent film screening as the backdrop to the performers reciting the poems will set this one apart from the other shows.
“The filmed sequence will be about 20 to 25 minutes long,” said Tiffany Lampe, a student in the college’s film and television production program who shot and edited the footage. There will also be live music.
The presentation is part of the Latino Americans: 500 Years of History program that will go on throughout fall 2015 and spring 2016. The Camden County College Library received a grant for the program.
The presentation is adapted and directed by Professor Allison Green, the artistic director of the Readers’ Theatre Project. She said she hopes the audience will get “joy” from this production.
Named the first Chicano American U.S. poet laureate this year, Herrera began his life as the son of migrant Mexican farmworkers in California. Years later his education continued at UCLA and Stanford University. Herrera has written more than 21 books that include poetry, prose, plays, short stories, young adult novels and picture books for children. Many of his poems focus on his life and how he is able to see the positive despite any of the obstacles life presents him with. He inspires people to see and relish in the good. “Laughing out loud I fly toward the good things,” he wrote in his poem “Laughing Out Loud, I Fly.”
The Readers’ Theatre Project will present its performance at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 4 in Room 226 of Taft Hall on the Blackwood campus, at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 23 on the first floor of the Camden County Library in Blackwood, at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 2 in the lobby atrium of the William G. Rohrer Center on the Cherry Hill campus, at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 3 in Civic Hall on the Blackwood campus and at 12:30 p.m. Dec. 7 in the first floor lobby of the Camden Technology Center on the Camden campus. Admission is free.