It's been awhile since I've attended a function at the HWCC, and I enjoy supporting black theater, so I decided to come out to see Ebony Scrooge. First, the venue: the HWCC should be our premiere facility, but it's quickly obvious that it lacks funding and support to maintain or improve itself. The auditorium is really nice. but the seats seem and feel like they're 50 yrs old, the seat and seat back padding is worn out and has no cushioning, and the sound system seems to need work.
The performance was reallly nice, if it were performed in an elementary school gymnasium. I guess I expected a more professional performance because of the venue, but after the performance, the host, Ms. Tillman, ran down everything the HWCC does, and that explained the basis of the cast and quality (an acting teaching facility). It was interesting that she initially threw her husband under the bus as the audio engineer, because immediately within the first five minutes, the lavalier mics had problems, lucky we were all seated in the first 6 rows, or else we may have missed a few lines.
I liked the performance, and I intend to return, Groupon or not, to support the kids and the acting program, especially since the program is free to participants. While the auditorium should have had way more than the 30 or so patrons that came out, I think the HWCC should differentiate in its marketing, if it is hosting a traveling performance, or if it is an actual HWCC production. If nothing else, it would help my expectations.
People, please come out and support this cultural venue in our very own Bronzeville, before they have to shut their doors (like the iconic Jokes & Notes). This is OURS, and we need to support them like we support other cultures, and they support themselves. Be on the lookout for Claudine 2016, I know I am!