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Phone: 630-587-8521
For grades: 6-9th Grade
Fees for live visit: $950 discount for multiple bookings same day


An anti-bullying play about tolerance and love. »

Social conflict pervades our schools. In some ways, students have become somewhat numb to the anti-bullying, inclusive messages of their teachers and principals. 'Gifted' delivers the point in a way students can relate to. It's about more than just bullying; it's about breaking down differences and stereotypes in subtle and meaningful ways. Gifted delivers the message with humor and poignancy, and the students hear it.
--- Michael Shapiro| Principal Shepard Middle School

The Steel Beam Theatre of Saint Charles introduces a 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, the play “Gifted” takes place in a high school class of gifted students where a substitute teacher faces his past as a former bully.

In the play, 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.

“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 at 630-587-8521. 

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The Steel Beam Theatre traveling troupe presents "Gifted" for school assemblies, church lock ins and youth groups throughout the Chicago area. Written by Tommy Lee Johnston and directed by the Steel Beam Theatre’s Artistic Director Donna Steele, the play “Gifted” consists of 6 young actors and one adult actor. 

Steel Beam Theatre is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to bringing high quality theatrical entertainment, training and arts awareness to the Fox Valley community at an affordable price.

Tommy Lee Johnston is an established playwright and actor. His credits include "Gifted" (screenplay) 2011, "Aura" Nominated best new work/Jeff committee Chicago 09'; "Life's Tremors" Opened at Redtwist Theater Chicago 05';
"Time Frame" 2007

Recent original play " Aura" made it's World Premiere at the Redtwist, and was Jeff nominated for Best New Work. See TV commercials and hear Voice Over Demo at I've adapted "Gifted" and "Life's Tremors", both original plays, from the stage to the screen. Movie makers welcome

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