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updated 10.13.2014

"Gifted" Play Teaches Tolerance, Takes Stand Against Bullying

Gifted Cast PhotoThe Steel Beam Theatre of Saint Charles introduces a new traveling theater troupe that will perform a play exploring the impact that bullying has on the bullied, the bullies themselves and the bystanders.

Written by Tommy Lee Johnston and directed by the theater’s Artistic Director Donna Steele, a special performance of the play “Gifted” will be held on Thursday, October 30 at 7 p.m. at the Steel Beam Theatre to mark the end of National Bullying Prevention Month. The author, Tommy Lee Johnston will be on hand and will offer a “talk-back” discussion after the performance, the media and local school administrators, youth group coordinators are invited to attend.

The Gifted theater troupe, which is available for bookings at school assemblies, church groups, youth centers, etc., consists of six young actors and one adult actor. The play takes place in a high school class of gifted students where a substitute teacher faces his past as a former bully.

“This play takes a hard look at many of the issues that kids face today,” said Steele. “The play is about bullying, tolerance, acceptance and love.”

For more information about the play, to view a preview and to book a performance, visit
or contact Donna Steele


A Play about bullying, tolerance, acceptance and love.

Directed by Steel Beam Theatre Artistic Director Donna Steele
Mr. Jenks revisits his high school alma mater as a substitute teacher for a class of highly “Gifted” students.  Discovering the passage of time hasn’t erased his own painful experiences as a bully, he now faces a class of kids whose lives and experiences all too closely resemble those of the very students he taunted.  “Gifted” examines the many social issues kids face every day. Finding a place, a meaning, and at times a sense of self are all explored in this one act play.  Students, Principals, Teachers, and parents have all been touched by the message and issues “Gifted” delivers.

Performed by an ensemble of 6 young actors and one adult teacher, Gifted explores the impact bullying has on the bullied, the bullies themselves and the bystanders.

Running time: one hour plus post-show talkback.

$950 per performance. 15% discount for multiple same date shows.

For information about performances, contact:
Donna Steele

Steel Beam Theatre • 111 W. Main Street • St Charles • Ill. • 60174
Tel 630.587.8521 • Fax: 630.587.8556 • Email: