Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fletcher High Opens New FACES School Tour

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Fletcher High Opens New FACES School Tour

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Familiar FACES are scheduled to perform at Fletcher High tomorrow.

The teen acting troupe, Facts for Adolescents about Choice, Education and Sexuality, partnered with Planned Parenthood last summer to bring three performances on teen sexuality to Jacksonville. Now the Duval County School Board wants FACES to perform for area high schools. Fletcher is the first.

The actors, students from several Duval County schools including Fletcher and Douglas Anderson School for the Arts, performed at Players by-the-Sea in Jacksonville Beach last month. The troupe learned then they would be able to continue performing thanks to a $85,000 grant from the Jacksonville Jaguars Foundation.

The two one-act plays performed by FACES focus on teen sexuality, date rape, sexual assault and sexually transmitted diseases.

Wanda Lanier, executive director of Planned Parenthood in Jacksonville, said the next logical step would be to bring the plays to the high schools. The troupe will give six performances of Secrets, only one of the plays, tomorrow at Fletcher. All students will have the opportunity to see the play during their English period unless a parent signs a form to exclude their child.

"When we first began discussing plans for the teen theater, one of our original goals was to see it performed in the schools," Lanier said. "We are thrilled that the school system has been so supportive."

Duval County's Health Advisory Committee approved the play's script in its entirety. The only stipulations are that the troupe cannot show alcohol consumption or use profanity on stage.

"We really received no resistance from the school system," Lanier said. "Secrets does touch on some very controversial issues that we must approach cautiously, but I think that students aren't going to be shocked by the play's subject matter."

In the community performances, the acting troupe also held an audience question-and-answer session. …

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