Students excited to perform on stage for the first time in two years since COVID-19

ATLANTA — Since COVID-19, many school performances have been canceled. But student actors at one local middle school finally get their time to shine.

Students at Hollis Innovation Academy are well-known for good grades and their acting chops. For the first time since the beginning of the pandemic, the students will set the stage in Atlanta’s Vine City.

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The production is called ‘The Three Little Pigs’ and it’s a totally different take on the story.

Channel 2′s Berndt Petersen said these middle schoolers have waited two years for this moment.

“The kids are very excited. You know, COVID changed things for everyone,” said Jason Heath, drama teacher.

The last on-stage performance at the school was in 2019. Every student-actor who planned on being in the shows have moved on to high school.


But there’s a new group of 4th through 8th graders and the chance to perform in a musical has inspired the entire campus community.

“Because they weren’t able to do it the last two years, I think it’s more memorable for them.  For the school.  Because they get to see something they haven’t seen in a long time,” said Destyni Parham, 7th grader.

When the curtain goes up, the students are expecting a packed house. The production is May 26, at 6 p.m.

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