Video provides wake-up call about prejudice in schools

Over the last year, retired Boulder, Colorado, theatre teacher and PFLAG Boulder chapter president, Jean Hodges, began collecting personal stories of harrassment from gay and lesbian teens, then expanded her research to include students from many minorities.

In collaboration with some twenty students a script was created called "Wake-Up Call" which is a thirty-five minute musical drama based on personal stories of prejudice. Wake-Up Call was performed twelve times for middle and high school assembly audiences as well as faculty meetings.

A talk-back session followed each performance where personal responses to the play and discussion of relevant issues by the audience began a dialogue which was hopefully continued later in classrooms.

What makes the script work is the four songs and the fact that all the stories are true. The primary purpose of Wake-Up Call is to curb name-calling as well as intentional and unintentional cruelty in schools by both faculty and students.

Wake-Up Call is now available in video for classroom or faculty meeting use to be followed by discussion. Written discussion guides are also available. Recommended for middle and high school students and faculty of any age. Contact Jean Hodges at JeanInBldr@aol.com or by phone, 303-444-4580, to order videos or to inquire about purchasing the script for your own group to perform.

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