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Sue Lee, who had di­rected them in an ear­lier God­spell Jr. pro­duc­tion, kept the re­hearsal mov­ing along and on track. “They’ll be ready,” she as­sured. “We’ve got a lot of re­hearsal time ahead of us.”

Some of the stu­dents are fes­ti­val vet­er­ans, hav­ing gone in years past.

“I’m very ex­cited,” said Jada Graves, 16, a ju­nior at So­cial Cir­cle High School. “I loved it the last time we went; I have a feel­ing it’s go­ing to be just as much fun this year, or more.”

Eighth-graderO­marScruggs, 13, won “Best Male Vo­cal­ist” out of the en­tire fes­ti­val last time around. A rel­a­tive new­comer to the world of drama with just two years un­der his belt, Scruggs be­came in­volved when a teacher rec­og­nized his singing tal­ents and brought him to the the­ater.

“When I first started, I had no idea what this ex­pe­ri­ence was go­ing to be like,” Scruggs said. “But I grew into it. It’s re­ally ad­dic­tive. “

This will be Su­sanna Grim­s­ley’s first time go­ing to the fes­ti­val. At 8 years old, she’s the youngest mem­ber of the cast and said she en­joys the time she gets to spend with friends who don’t go to her school, Ge­orge Wal­ton Academy.

Lee, who has also writ­ten plays for the the­ater, ex­pressed con­fi­dence in the group.

“I’m just pleased at how faith­ful they are, and how com­mit­ted. They’re ex­cited, and that makes every­thing great,” she said.

The the­ater’s next pro­duc­tion is “Chil­dren of Eden.” Au­di­tions are Feb. 3 and 5, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. for those 15 and un­der or those in­ter­ested in cho­rus parts. Those in­ter­ested in lead or speak­ing roles and 15 years of age or older should come from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. pre­pared with an a cap­pella piece.

The stu­dents are work­ing hard to raise money to be able to at­tend, and So­cial Cir­cle The­ater is ac­cept­ing do­na­tions from in­di­vid­ual or busi­nesses. So­cial Cir­cle The­ater is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion, so any funds do­nated are tax de­ductible.

For more in­for­ma­tion on Broad­way Ju­nior or Mu­sic Theatre In­ter­na­tional, please call (212) 541-4684 or go to www. Broad­wayJu­nior­com or For more in­for­ma­tion on the the­ater, call (770) 464-2269 or go to­cial­cir­clethe­ater. com.

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