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1: 'Born This Way'
MWAH! cast members (from left) Rachel Plasch, Alex Oechsel and Taylor Oechsel sing Lady Gaga's "Born This Way" to another troupe member, Justice Henderson, 15, who had just told the Blackhawk Middle School audience of the challenges he has faced growing up without the physical presence of his natural father, who’s in prison, or his natural mother, who has a drug addiction. The students performed on May 6 at the Bensenville school. (Jeremy Reed of Impact Life Photography)
2: Crash re-enactment
MWAH! cast members portray a party scene involving alcohol and other drugs as Leah Ballard (far right) sings "How to Save a Life" by The Fray. This scene was followed by the sound of a loud bang, sirens and the story of a single-car crash 18 months ago that killed three Illinois teenagers. (Jeremy Reed of Impact Life Photography)
3: Diverse expressions
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. (Jeremy Reed of Impact Life Photography)
4: Cebrin's story
Participating in the MWAH! presentation at Blackhawk Middle School is Mike Elkins (left), executive director of the Cebrin Goodman Center, speaking about his cousin, Cebrin (portrait on right), who died from a heroin overdose. Looking on is MWAH! cast member Chad Sype, 14. (Jeremy Reed of Impact Life Photography)
5: Value of diversity
Participating in a scene about the value of diversity are (from left) MWAH! cast member Taylor Oechsel, Blackhawk Middle School student Travis Kobylarz and MWAH! cast members Chad Sype and John Hix. (Jeremy Reed of Impact Life Photography)