Cristo Rey Hosts An Open Mic; The End Result Was A Night To Remember
By Rachel S. '20
It happened suddenly one sunny day at Cristo Rey San Jose Jesuit High School. It was just a normal group meeting for the Lyrical Lions, a singing club. All of a sudden, inspiration struck the room like lightning. Karaoke night? No. Lions singing competition night? No. How about an Open Mic at the Lions Den? Maybe even giving it a cafe vibe? Oh yeah.
Cristo Rey, on April 6th, 2017, held an Open Mic night for anyone and everyone to perform, and the leaders of this idea were the Lyrical Lions themselves (led by Anh D. '19), and, I dare say, it went extremely well.
In an interview with one of the Lions, she said, “It was very successful. A lot more successful than we ever thought it would be.” Performances included singing, poetry, and even folklorico dancing, with food, games, and more entertainment provided.
The Lyrical Lions met with as many clubs as possible to coordinate with them, even asking if those clubs could and would be presented at the Open Mic. They managed to convince people to bring and provide some of the food and drinks, and many others to bring along some friends and family.
This Open Mic was held in the cafeteria of the school, and was decorated very nicely. Lights adorned the walls, and a traditional black curtain backdrop was at the stage. Almost every seat was filled in the room, and many others were standing. It was a full house.
The night started off with the scheduled performers, and some clubs participating as well. Towards the end though, audience members were given the opportunity to go on stage and do whatever they felt like, true Open Mic style.
But what is next? In another interview with a Lion, she said, “Next year? Oh yeah, we are definitely having one next year. I’m really looking forward to it.” We are too.