#IBetYouDidntKnow and #WalkADayInMyShoes were the overarching themes of a recent performance by high schoolers at Hope CommUnity Center.

Youth Group members perform at a recent Sin Fronteras meeting.

Guided by months of practice with the Orlando Repertory Theatre, ten Sin Fronteras Youth Group members performed this past Wednesday in front of their peers. With more action than words, the group interacted with each other during the performance to talk about their hometown, Apopka; challenges they face every day as high schoolers and immigrant people; and things they like about their hometowns, like Rita’s Italian Ice and football! Integrated into the performance was a visual and powerful video and photo slideshow that the group created.

Sin Fronteras Youth Group members look on as fellow members perform.

Following the performance, the group was asked questions from their peers and HCC staff, like if they had performed before if they would continue showing this performance to others, and generally what they learned as a collective group. Surprisingly, most of the ten on “stage” had never done a theatrical performance before and were generally excited about creating a follow-up piece. They shared that they bonded as a group and learned more about each other during this creative process.

Orlando Rep members explain their history and the process behind the performance.

To conclude the event, the Orlando Rep led the remaining Sin Fronteras Youth Group in a fun and active exercise to encourage them to think critically about their day-to-day life, activities, interactions with peers, and hopes for the future.

All of us at Hope CommUnity Center are so proud of these ten high school students and appreciate Orlando Rep for their guidance and love of theater. We have our fingers crossed that a second performance is along the way!