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City High students to help drama students in Ferguson

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IOWA CITY (KWWL) -

A group of Iowa City high school students are doing their part to help Ferguson heal.

It's been two months since the police shooting of unarmed 18-year-old Michael Brown.

The drama students at City High say performing arts is an accepting place to pull back the curtain to address race issues.

"Everything gets talked about, it's all out in the open. For most of us we can't even imagine what it's like living in Ferguson," said Sophia Schlesinger, an actress and City High student. "To be able to connect to them and make them feel less isolated in that way is really important to us."

City High School drama director Troy Peters says he wanted to raise money for Ferguson's drama students to help send at least one student to their state Thespian festival, in Kansas City, Missouri.

"They go to the state conference in Missouri for their Thespian troop, they feel like the raisin in the rice," said Peters. "There was so much turmoil that we felt they could use our help. We address topics of race in Iowa City in our shows and it's great to help other out in other parts of the country who need it as well."

Peters has been in contact with Ferguson's drama department to help them continue to have a strong voice in performing arts, as people living there are still reeling. 

He says their drama department was looking for ideas for shows that they could do to help the community heal.

"Really makes you think and question stuff about why that happens or why this should be happening," said Jared Kilberger, actor and City High Student.

The group had originally intended to raise at least $600 to send to Ferguson, but they've already raised more than that. Their new goal is now $1,200.

The group of eleven cast members will be performing The Diviners October 16-18 beginning at 7:30 p.m. in Opstad Auditorium. The auditorium is located at 1900 Morningside Drive in Iowa City.

Ticket prices are $5 for students and $10 for adults. Tickets can be purchased online at www.seatyourself.biz/iowacityhs, or at the door 30 minutes before each performance.

Anyone who would like to contribute can contact Troy Peters at peters.troy@iowacityschools.org.

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