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WAM October 29-30 The Outsiders John Rao

S. E. Hinton wrote The Outsiders in 1967, but the book still resonates with young people.

It’s a production with a twist, though. John Rao, the producer / director of AOR, has turned the production into what he calls a scholarship opportunity for student performers. Roughly half the cast and crew of The Outsiders are students, with the other half being made up of professionals who act as mentors to the students. All the student participants are eligible for a scholarship awarded by the mentors at the end of the production.

John Rao, and his student production assistant, Jordan Steinhauer, joined me in the studio this week to talk about the whole project, and I asked John to give me a summary of the play.

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