Theater troupes often test their talents on small audiences before the really big performance in order to work out bugs and assess crowd response.

The young actors of BRAVO, the theater program at Brooks Middle School, can now travel to a weekend competition with confidence after performing numbers from Annie Junior and Legally Blonde Junior before a crowd of parents and senior citizens at the Oak Park Arms Monday. 

Cheers, whistles and vigorous clapping followed the musical numbers, which the 50 BRAVO actors will perform in Atlanta on Saturday in the National Junior Theater Festival. Brooks will be one of 96 schools taking part in the competition.

“This was really good,” said Oak Park Arms resident Florence Jarosz. “It’s nice these kids have something like this to keep them out of trouble.”

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