GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) - A group of Coast actors are receiving a special honor this week. The young men and women of WINGS Performing Arts at the Lynn Meadows Discovery Center are headed to our nation's capital for a big performance.
It's almost been a year since the young actors at WINGS started performing their award-winning show, "Remembrance."
In that time, the show has been gaining traction and recognition nationwide. According to director Tonya Hays, there's something special about this particular body of work.
"What this show does, and what theatre does in general, is it just opens up whole new worlds to kids. Especially when they're involved in the research, and development of a new piece," said Hays.
Hays led the students through writing, casting and putting a finished product on stage. It's a product that isn't going unnoticed.
U.S. Sen. Thad Cochran's office nominated the show to be performed at the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage in Washington D.C.
"I think this show has a big purpose in informing people about a war that they don't really know about," said actor Delaney Williams.
That war is World War I. The students poured over original poems, letters and music to bring together a portrayal of, and a tribute to those lost in the perils of battle.
"It was a challenge, but I think we have an amazing show, and I'm so proud of it," said Williams.
Williams and the rest of the cast of almost 30 have performed for thousands of community members, students and veterans.
Brandon Spann knows that an opportunity to perform at the Kennedy Center doesn't happen every day.
"It's making a good name for us, you know. Kids from the Coast going to D.C. to perform in a big place, it's a big deal," said Spann.
But even more than that, the actors and director say the honor truly lies in the real heroes of the story.
"We did this show for the veterans. Their tears, and their heartfelt thanks, and their standing ovations is what our true reward is," said Hays.
The Kennedy Center's performance of Remembrance is Thursday, Aug. 6.
You can live stream the show, and watch it later online at this link: