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Printed on recycled paper Dramatic Publishing 311 Washington St. Woodstock, IL 60098 Phone: 800-448-7469 815-338-7170 ISBN 10: 1-58342-815-1 ISBN 13: 978-1-58342-815-3 “Social conflict pervades our schools ... students have become ... numb to the anti-bullying messages of their teachers and principals. Gifted delivers the point in a way students can relate to. It’s about more than just bullying, it’s about breaking down differ- ences and stereotypes in subtle and meaningful ways. Gifted delivers the message with humor and poignancy, and the students hear it.” — Michael Shapirol, Principal, Shepard Middle School, Deerfield, Ill. Gifted – Drama. By Tommy Lee Johnston . Cast: 4m., 3w. Mr. Jenks revisits his high-school alma mater as a substitute teacher for a class of highly gifted students. Discovering the passage of time hasn’t erased his own painful experiences as a bully, he now faces a class of kids whose lives and experiences all too closely resemble those of the very students he taunted. Zach, Maggie, Jake, Janie, Jamie and James all struggle in their own way with their gift of intellect and the impact it has on their social standing in life and school. Their stories of being bullied quickly take Mr. Jenks back to a time of much shame and pain. He must face his feelings while helping the students understand the senselessness of bullying, and he will deliver news to the students that will force them to see life in a whole new way. Gifted moves at a fast clip, revealing the day-to-day drama and humor these kids live. It’s a story of love, respect, devotion, extreme forgiveness, and embracing one’s own gift. Simple set. Approximate running time: 70 minutes. Code: GC6. “ Gifted is warmly and instantly accessible for anyone from 8 to 80 ... a rare gem for children and an utter delight for adults. Tommy Lee Johnston has truly given us a Gift.” — Michael Colucci, Artistic Director, Red Twist Theater, Chicago Cover production: Kids Acting Out Theatre, Nova H.P., Highland Park, Ill. Cover photo: Michael Brown. Cover design: Susan Carle. © The Dramatic Publishing Company
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