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'Listen' to This

Area high-school students take show about communication to their peers.

A troupe of students from local high schools is taking "Listen," a series of skits they wrote about communicating, on the road in Loudoun. The group was put together by the Creative Youth Theater Foundation (CYTF), a nonprofit commissioned by the Loudoun Youth Initiative. Last year, students worked with CYTF to put on a show about bullying.

"Parents said, we know our kids are being bullied, but how do we talk to them about it?" Lena Clark of Heritage High School told the crowd. So this year’s show is a light-hearted treatment of interpersonal communication.

After six months of journal writing and improvisation, the students finalized their show last week, just in time for performances at the Hill School, Park View High School and Stone Bridge High School. These pictures were taken at Saturday’s show at Park View. Performances will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Dominion High School and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 at Potomac Falls High School.

CYTF also worked with area middle-school students to create "A Day in the Life," a revue featuring music written by the cast. The middle-school troupe will perform "A Day in the Life" at 7 p.m. this Friday, Feb. 22 at the Hill School in Middleburg, at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at Belmont Ridge Middle School and at 3 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 24 at Harmony Intermediate School.