The play, That Was Then, This Is Now, follows a high school boy who, after questioning the importance of black history, embarks on a journey that shows the necessity of it. After witnessing the various ideas and actions that would not exist if not for African Americans, the main character, Braden, realizes the importance of Black History. The play not only teaches children about Black History, but it also has a lesson in bullying. Another character, Ersula, can be seen going through a subtle change in order to fit in with her classmates. Near the end of the play, the audience will witness this intelligent yet shy character blossom as she realizes that she doesn’t have to change to be with the ‘in crowd’. Ersula discovers that she’s fine the way she is because she likes who she is, and God made her perfectly. Within the play, one can expect to see students acting as Beyoncé, Whitney Houston, Rihanna and many more.
The idea of the play came from Colbert County’s newest science teacher, Juanica Baugh. Mrs.Baugh has written many plays throughout her life and has a book published. The students who are a part of the production have been practicing after school and working diligently. One student described the play as “...crazy exciting…” saying they “...can’t wait till the day of the show.” This is a production you don’t want to miss. Doors open on Saturday, March 17th at 4:30 at Colbert County High School!