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By Stephen Wilson

How do you feel comfortable in your own skin? How do you navigate challenging situations? How do you appreciate what you have?

Tough questions for many of us, but excruciating for middle schoolers.

Then fill the risers with them and their younger siblings … and keep them entertained for an hour.

Not an easy task as the College presents Miss Electricity as part of the Theatre for Young Audiences series.

The story is simple: Violet wants to stand out by setting a world record. Cool kids (nee bullies) think she’s lame. That changes when she is struck by lightning … twice. Zap! She can control all things electric, or so she thinks. A quick trip to Mount Olympus helps set her and her priorities straight.

Add a sweet best friend, a typical mom, a geography quiz, and a helpful narrator. A couple fun dance scenes don’t hurt either.

Students from Lincoln Elementary in Bethlehem, Pa., were rapt with attention as the cast danced and dazzled.

After the performance, the Lafayette students, who had been trained to lead drama workshops for children as part of the Theater for Young Audiences course, introduced the third-graders to several theater games and reviewed the show’s themes through improvisation-based exercises.  

Here are some images from the show:

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