‘Drama Queens’ share positive message through lively musical

The Junior Auxiliary of Tupelo encourages grade school students to disconnect from technology and connect with friends

SALTILLO, Miss. (WCBI) – They may be in first grade, but many already have cell phones.

That’s why the group of JA members known as “Drama Queens” came up with a musical, that encourages kids to make real connections, with real people.

“We are suggesting to these children, put the phones down, find out what you love to do, get outside, go play,” said Kit Stafford, a member of “Drama Queens.”

The musical features a character called Lisa, whose main hobby is spending time on her phone. Her friends try and encourage her to find a hobby, something she is good at, and develop her talent.

“The mission and message of this year’s play is finding your gifts.  Each one of us has special gifts and talents that make the world better and being a good friend and neighbor is the best gift and how to do that,” Stafford said.

“Drama Queens” member Leslie Tackett said she enjoys watching the reactions of children as they see the lively and funny musical.

“I like that this is a project where it’s a small group. We are few but grand. It is a small budget but we are reaching several children. It’s a little budget with a big impact. It’s amazing how in 20 minutes you can brighten a child’s day and give them a really positive message,” Tackett said.

“Drama Queens” takes their musical, with life lessons to schools throughout Lee County. It is just one of many projects JA of Tupelo does throughout the year to serve young people.

All of the projects for the JA of Tupelo are funded through the annual Charity Ball that takes place in February.

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