D-88 special needs students to perform 'High School Musical Jr.'

Published: Monday, Aug. 26, 2013 12:39 p.m. CDT

VILLA PARK – On Thursday, special needs students from Willowbrook and Addison Trail high schools will perform Disney's "High School Musical Jr." before an audience of family members, friends and classmates. This show is an adapted version of the full-length "High School Musical" movie.

The musical performance will address common high school themes of relationships, cliques and balancing activities. The students have been rehearsing since May.

During the show, audience members will be encouraged to sing along with the cast.

Erik Engle, a social worker at Willowbrook, is directing the play. He saw a performance of "High School Musical Jr." at his church and wanted to bring it to the district.

"When we first started rehearsing, they were pretty nervous and a little scared," he said in a news release. "Now, they're excited. They've grown and learned so much through this opportunity and I hope Willowbrook continues with this concept in the future."

The play will be performed at 7 p.m. Thursday in Willowbrook's auditorium. Admission is free.

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