By Margaret Hicks
Sydnee Monday performed her children’s play at the White House. Pictured (l to r) Quincy Monday, Sydnee Monday, Sabrina Goodwin Monday, Okla. State Rep. Regina Goodwin HD73, Kristy Byrd; (Row 2 l to r): Allison Aldridge, Lisa Fields-Miller, Bob Goodwin, Ruth Zoppelt-Goodwin, friend of Kristy Byrd; Back Row: Dr. Anthony Marshall.
On Saturday, December 17, 2016, Sydnee Monday’s children’s play was performed at the White House – outside in the ‘President’s Park’. The play, Christmas with Callalo, was written in collaboration with an internship Sydnee had with Callaloo Children’s Media. It focused on cultural literacy for children.
The play utilized puppets and cultural holiday songs, like Feliz Navidad and Caribbean Steel Pan music. The musical followed Winston and Marisol (Callaloo characters) around their community, as they learned about their diverse neighborhood’s holiday traditions.
Sydnee Monday is daughter of former Tulsans Kenny Monday, the Olympic gold medalist and three-time All-American wrestler from Oklahoma State University, and Sabrina Goodwin Monday, Mary Kay Cosmetics National Sales Director.
They say, “the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree,” and this is true as it relates to Sydnee. A graduating senior at Howard University in Washington, DC. A film major announced, “I just finished all of my classes!”