Stage play aims to encourage students to 'beat the streets' - WNEM TV 5

Stage play aims to encourage students to 'beat the streets'

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SAGINAW COUNTY, MI (WNEM) -

A powerful lesson today at Victorious Believers in Buena Vista Township. Food for thought as students prepare for the start of a new school year.

"It's like an eye opener. We can come up from anything. We can rise above what other people say that we are," said student Chyesa Wade.

More than 100 kids and teenagers watched as actors performed "Beat the Streets." 

The stage play is based on a true story about three young men who make a pact to rise above the violence in their community and become doctors.

In school, students are often faced with challenges like bullying and peer pressure. This play, those actors are showing kids how to overcome those obstacles.

"The cyber bullying that we do in the play, kids are going through that right now. We show them how to handle the situation, so I can get past this. I can keep moving forward," said Jonathan Curry, the production manager.

More than 80,000 young people in Michigan and beyond have been impacted by the play's message.

Curry said for some it's a life-changing experience.

"One of the kids told me ‘I wanted to kill himself until I saw your play,’" Curry said.

Students like Wade were inspired, now realizing regardless of where they come from or what they might face, they too can "Beat the Streets."

"Here's three men who grew up in not so great neighborhoods. They came up. They're like amazing people. That just gives us hope to let us know that we can be amazing people as well," Wade said.

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