MWAH! troupe member Rachel Plasch (right) interacts with Prairie Junior High School students during a special issues-oriented performance at the school in Alsip on May 19. | Supplied photo by Photography by Harrington, Inc.
Updated: July 1, 2014 6:28AM
Singing, dancing and storytelling highlighted a recent presentation for students at Prairie Junior High School in Alsip, all designed to educate students about real-life issues in a positive way.
The MWAH! Performing Arts Troupe — MWAH stands for Messages Which Are Hopeful! — visited earlier this month.
Included on the event schedule were a presentation from a parent whose 12-year-old son committed suicide last year and a salute to “heroes” at Prairie Junior High School, among others.
The troupe also takes on issues such as heroin-related deaths, child and teen relationship abuse, bullying, and the importance of diversity, according to a press release about the event.
The 10-member MWAH! ensemble in its presentations combines real-life drama with contemporary music and lots of audience interaction.
The nonprofit troupe is an affiliate of Kids Do Count, Inc. and the Chicago Area Project, a grass-roots service and advocacy program — part of an Illinois-wide community services network targeting at-risk youth and their families, according to the organization.
For more information about the MWAH! Performing Arts Troupe, visit www.mwah.net.