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GW Drama Club 2011 Production - April 8 & 9 at 7 pm - GWMS Auditorium

posted Mar 31, 2011, 6:10 AM by Thad Ring   [ updated Apr 17, 2011, 9:03 AM ]
George Washington Middle School’s Drama Club is preparing for their April 8 opening night world premiere of The Walking Boys, an original play written and directed by our school’s very own Drama Teacher, Robert McDonough.  

The play is inspired by the real-life experiences of Salva Dut, who fled his home when he was eleven, traveled through the chaotic terrain of Sudan, Ethiopia, to a refugee camp in Kenya, and finally to Rochester, New York, where he lived with Mr. McDonough’s sister-in-law.  

The play is about courage, responsibility, and love. Many children shared a similar experience that Salva Dut endured.  They are known as the “Lost Boys of Sudan.”  The play further presents the story of a son's love for his family, a journey of hope, and a desire to improve the lives of others.  Many years after his arrival in America he discovers that his father is still alive, but ill.  Life for the people back in Sudan is extremely difficult, in part due to the lack of clean drinking water.  He returns to Sudan to reunite with his father, and transform the lives of his people with the simple gift of clean water.  Mr. Dut established a nonprofit organization called Water for Sudan in 2003 to help heal his beloved homeland.

Isiah Norman, 7th Grader at GWMS, will play the role of the young Mr. Dut.  Additionally, 7th Graders Andrew Pickup and Jason Filios, both members of GWMS' Student Government, have been committed to raising awareness about Mr. Dut’s nonprofit organization.

The play will be performed April 8th at 7 pm, and April 9th at 1 pm and 7 pm, in the George Washington Middle School auditorium.  To read more about this production, please go to:  To read more about, or donate to, Mr. Dut’s organization, go to:  <>.