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Students Create, Perform Their Own Plays

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Director John Waldron prompts the students before the curtain call.

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The actors take their places on the set for the opening scene of ‘Gang of Horror’ by the students from Mt. Vernon Woods.

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The students listen as Jackson (Daniel Cortez) explains why he ran away from home.

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Orlando Hernandez helps set up the stage for the Woodley Hills performance ‘Good Vs. Evil.’

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Nature Woman (Margarita Kamara)listens as Evil speaks and demands a battle. With Margarita on stage is the rest of the cast: Ayomide Adeleke, Eric Barrera Menendez, Frederick Betran, Dante Beavers, Orlando Hernandez, Faye Javaudin, Ashleigh Johnson, Christian Manu, Jason Portillo, Ally-Anne Rigoli, Jack Skidmore, Liliana Vigil and Asia Young.

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Jason Portillo as Metal Man duels.

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The Case of the Silent Gossip Bella (Tia Flores) arrives at school and greets her classmates. With Tia in the cast are: Mariam Oyedele, Kayla McCormick, Stefany Amaya, Belkin Lopez, Jocelyn Castro, Azjah Clark, Shulummite Siltan, Yvonne Dade, Antonio Carvajal, Christopher Kidd and Orlando Teel.

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Mrs. Lawrence (Azjah Clark) talks with her daughter Peppa (Yvonne Dade).

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In the Dark Side of Candyland, teachers Jekeah Johnson and Katia Paola Amaya escort two students Rosemond Afriyie and Kelly Gutierez to the principal’s office for disruptive behavior. Also in the cast are Dion Miller, Tiara McCallum and Chanai Mouton.

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Principal Willerbee is played by Dion Miller.

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The angel (Chanai Mouton) tells the students Rosemond Afriyie and Kelly Gutierez how to avoid a slippery slope.

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The students performed to a full house at the Woodlawn School.

The Children’s Theatre Showcase was created by 55 fifth grade students at Mount Vernon Woods, Woodley Hills, Hollin Meadows, Woodlawn and Hybla Valley Elementary Schools.

The 14-week After School Drama Program was funded in part by the Arts Council of Fairfax County. The students created original plays based on themes that have importance to them: gangs, good and evil, group dynamics, gossip and more. The plays were directed by Monique Flowers and John Waldron