Baldwin’s Theater in Motion is set to reprise its anti-bullying program “The Hallway” on Sept. 15. The show will be staged twice, at 3:30 and 5:30 p.m., at the Christian Family Worship Center, at 885 Seaman Ave. in Baldwin (www theaterinmotion.com).
Sharna Jenkins, the writer, director and producer of the show, calls it a “dance-icle,” explaining that the production contains dance numbers set to music but does not feature live singing. Jenkins, 43, a product of the New York High School of the Performing Arts, has been doing theater on Long Island since 1991. The 15-member troupe ranges in age from 15 to 21, and rehearses in Jenkins’s home off Brookside Avenue.
Theater in Motion is a 2-year-old group focusing on teen issues. “Our last program was about peer pressure,” said Jenkins. “We like to have fun and we love music, but we also talk about things that affect teens directly. I don’t sugar-coat anything.”
“The Hallway” was first staged in June, also at the Christian Family Worship Center, and it made quite a splash. “The pastor’s wife saw the show and asked us to perform it again for back to school,” Jenkins said, adding that the show would remain unaltered for this run. “The only thing we added this time was some tables containing anti-bullying information. Other than that, it’s exactly the same.”
“Bullying has become a world-wide epidemic and has to be stamped out completely,” a promo for the show reads. “The Hallway is a play about the life in the average high school that will take you on a journey of truth, reality and a determination for change!”
Jenkins believes that not only the show’s content, but its performers themselves send a positive message to the community. “There are so many stories about teens who are not behaving positively,” she said. “These teens are. And they feel obligated to give back to the community.”