Mwah troupe

The Messages Which Are Hopeful! (MWAH) Performing Arts Troupe from the western suburbs of Chicago will be performing at Northeast High School at 10 a.m. Monday, March 30.

The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa

GOOSE LAKE — The Messages Which Are Hopeful! (MWAH) Performing Arts Troupe from the western suburbs of Chicago will be performing at Northeast High School at 10 a.m. Monday, March 30.

The performance is sponsored by Northeast’s Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter and the DeWitt Area Community Foundation.

The 90-minute issues-oriented and audience-interactive performance will be held in the high school gymnasium for all seventh- through 12th- graders and is open to the public.

The troupe, ranging in age from 13 to 21, combines hip hop dance and various genres of both original and cover songs, and focuses on what is hopeful and good in true life situations. A common thread is choices and the importance of continually striving to make the right ones. The Northeast presentation will be both light-hearted and serious, and the messages will be real.

Among issues to be covered by the troupe are the damaging effects of bullying, including cyber-bullying; the values of cultural, racial, and religious diversity; the tragic effects of alcohol and other drugs (including the story of an alcohol-related crash that killed five Oswego, Ill., teens); the effects and options in abusive and controlling boyfriend-girlfriend relationships; the dangers of excessive teen weight loss (anorexia and bulimia) in efforts to emulate celebrity lifestyles; the awareness of and treatment options for teen depression and other related personal problems; what a “hero” today really means; and discovering what is hopeful and good in negative situations.

Further information on MWAH! is available on the troupe’s Web site at www.mwah.net.

The performance is being coordinated by Northeast’s SADD adviser, Amanda Eberhart. She can be reached at (563) 577-2249, ext. 214.

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