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MWAH! troupe visits Blackhawk

Published: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 5:30 a.m. CDT • Updated: Tuesday, May 28, 2013 10:17 a.m. CDT
(Photo provided by Jeremy Reed of Impact Life Photography)
Taylor Oechsel (on left), Chad Sype and John Hix of the MWAH! cast show the value of diversity with Chad and John having to mimic Taylor as she expresses various reactions May 6 at Blackhawk Middle School in Bensenville.

BENSENVILLE – The Boston Marathon bombing and the Sandy Hook school massacre were among two topics highlighted by the MWAH! Performing Arts Troupe during a special presentation this month at Blackhawk Middle School.

The troupe also focused on tragic instances of bullying and child abuse, as well as the perspective of a seventh-grade troupe member who’s coping with the divorce of her parents.

The essence of the 14-member MWAH! ensemble – an acronym for Messages Which Are Hopeful! – is real-life drama combined with contemporary music and lots of audience interaction. A key objective on May 6 was to get Blackhawk students and staff to think about the messages presented by peers and relate them to themselves and their own families.

Members of the current MWAH! troupe range in age from 12 to 19, hailing from nine communities in the western suburbs, Rockford and Chicago. For more information, visit mwah.net.

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