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February 20, 2014

Londonderry theater group to tackle bullying

LONDONDERRY — A local theater group is teaching young actors about bullying.

The Specialized Theater Enrichment Program is busy not only working on upcoming shows and performances, but is also allowing young actors to do some of their own creative work to bring an anti-bullying message to the stage.

STEPS is currently working with students to write and perform a one-act musical about bullying and its effects.

Students are writing a script, music and lyrics to perform in the fall for schools in the area.

In addition to this project, STEPS offers a series of Theatre Nights, two-hour, themed classes where students learn a song and dance number from a major Broadway musical.

The next event is Feb. 26 at the Derry Opera House in Derry. It will feature music and dance from the musical “Les Miserables.”

The class is open to students in grades six through 12 from Londonderry and surrounding communities.

Since 2012, STEPS has offered classes in music and dance. The business is led by sister team Nicole Aubert Murray and Yvonne Aubert Sarafinas.

They created the program to offer classes to students of all ability levels and help them build self-confidence to be successful in the world of musical theater.

In March, STEPS will hold auditions for its first full production of “Fame Jr.” that will be staged June 6-7 at the Derry Opera House. Auditions are March 23 at Impact Cardio Club in Derry.

Call 548-3939 or visit STEPS at stepsnh.org.

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