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SUNDAY, JULY 29, 2007

Prodigal son play part of School Jam

By Paul Huggins · 340-2395

The return of the prodigal son will help Decatur students return to the classroom.

A theatrical performance of the biblical story will be the highlight of this year’s Back to School Jam, presented by Decatur Youth Services.

The free event is Friday from 5:30 to 9 p.m. at Brookhaven Middle School.

About 15 youths directed by Alice Hargrove Cutts will put a modern spin on the story of the son who leaves home and exhausts all his inheritance, then realizes his mistake and returns to his father to seek forgiveness.

The play is a departure from the 10 previous jams, which often featured talent contests, including rap singing.

The location also changes from Delano Park to Brookhaven.

DYS Director Bruce Jones said the previous Back to School Jam events were successful, but they decided to change to give youths a chance to learn and grow in the performing arts.

Other events

Besides the play, there will be performances by DYS step dancers and Alabama Extreme Dance Team. DYS Girls to Women participants will give a fashion show featuring clothes they learned to sew this summer.

The free event also includes hamburger/hot dog cookout and free book bags to the first 500 students who attend the play.

More on Back to School Jam

For information on Back to School Jam, call Decatur Youth Services at 340-2588.

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