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Holloway High School students have been chosen to perform “Toe Tag Monologues” as part of the third annual Hoops for Hope Tennessee Style, a basketball camp and community fair to be held Saturday, June 5 in Murfreesboro.

The monologues are a series of dramatic stories that present some of the real-life hardships that youth face every day; such as gang and domestic violence, drug abuse, drunk driving and suicide.

“We were chosen primarily because we’re in the city, we’re in the area that they are trying to change,” Holloway Principal Jason Bridgeman said. “Our student population fits the demographic of students they are trying to reach.”

Holloway High School, which does not have a theater department, opened auditions to their entire student body and received a very positive response.

“Students had a huge interest in it,” Bridgeman said. “Several competed for different parts. We have about 20 students that will be performing and many more that will be working as stage hands.”

Math teacher Talisa Smith, English teacher Jennifer Williams and social studies teacher Mindy Gannon have taken charge of the project. “They’ve done all the lead work,” Bridgeman said.

R. Byron Stringer, who wrote the monologues, has been an officer in the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department for more than 20 years and is currently working as a D.A.R.E. officer. He started the Vision Theatrical Foundation as a way of providing youth with information about the daily challenges that they face.

Stringer and Vision Theatrical Foundation were invited to the event by Quiet Storm Foundation, an organization started by NBA player, and former Tennessee guard, C. J. Watson and his family to “provide positive recreational and educational opportunities to youth.”

A “sneak preview” of Toe Tag Monologues will be held Monday, May 17, as a school fundraiser at the Patterson Park Center in Murfreesboro at 521 Mercury Blvd.

Hoops for Hope is a free event. It will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, June 5, at the Patterson Park Center. Participants should pre-register for the camp by Friday, May 21.
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