Roundtable, Guitar Club unite artists with new open mic night

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English teacher Michael Andrews helps junior Mike Gambino practice for Roundtable and Guitar Club’s open mic night on Dec. 14.

By Diana Leane, online managing editor

English teacher Michael Andrews helps junior Mike Gambino practice for Roundtable and Guitar Club's open mic night on Dec. 14.
English teacher Michael Andrews helps junior Mike Gambino practice for Roundtable and Guitar Club’s open mic night on Dec. 14 (photo courtesy of Michael Andrews).

Senior Ryane McGreevy loves writing, but until this year, it was a private passion. McGreevy found a community to share her hobby with after discovering Prospect’s literary magazine, Roundtable, through her creative writing class.
Tomorrow night McGreevy performs a couple poems for the first time at an open mic night co-sponsored by Roundtable and Guitar Club. Other performers include members from Roundtable and Guitar Club and other students and staff interested in writing or music.
Some staff members include Roundtable advisor and English teacher Michael Andrews, who plans to play his guitar, and school psychologist Dr. Jay Kyp-Johnson, who is scheduled to perform a poem. The event is in the KLC and takes place from 7 to 9 p.m.
The open mic night is a new event Roundtable initiated this year. By working with Guitar Club, they hope to unite a group of talented artists.
“It’s this whole interactive writing experience [where] we’re all getting to share and be comfortable with each other,” McGreevy said. “Artists and other artists all working together.”
McGreevy particularly emphasized the interactive aspect because when she first joined Roundtable this year, it was primarily just working within the club to publish the annual magazine. However, the group wanted to change this, so they brainstormed and created the open mic night.
“We decided to do the open mic night, so everybody could participate in person instead of just submitting stuff online,” McGreevy said. “It’s more like an actual performance.”
Speaking from personal experience, McGreevy believes the club and this event helped push her past her comfort zone.
“It pushed me more to do it all publicly, … so it’s not like you’re hiding behind the words — you’re actually out there,” McGreevy said.
She also hopes that Roundtable and Guitar Club’s night will challenge others to venture beyond their boundaries.
“People just like us who wouldn’t normally share, we’re trying to get them involved,” McGreevy said.
McGreevy hopes the club has another night like this later this year.
Because this is the first time anything like this event will happen at Prospect, Andrews doesn’t know what to expect. However, he hopes this becomes an annual activity.
Andrews believes no matter the size of the audience, the night will be worthwhile and successful.
“I have no idea if anyone will show up, but even if it’s really small, it’ll still be fun,” Andrews said. “As long as people show up who are willing to share some stuff, it’ll be amazing.”