An experience that delivers inspirational messages of hope and love from young people to young people.
A History of MWAH!
Other former troupe artists have progressed to such diverse careers as a cornerback for NFL professional football teams in Indianapolis, Atlanta, and now Oakland; a counselor for a highly respected drug and alcohol treatment center in Chicago; the founder and owner of a mega landscaping business in Phoenix, Arizona; the founder and director of reputedly the best hip hop dance company in the Midwest and one of the best in the country; a well-traveled and highly successful security investigator for the Union Pacific Railroad; and many more alumni who have become outstanding citizens in countless other professions and locales.
The Explosonic Rockers morphed into the MWAH! Performing Arts Troupe in 1993. In January 2001 the MWAH! troupe became an affiliate of the Chicago Area Project, a grass-roots service and advocacy agency based in downtown Chicago and part of a statewide community services network targeting at-risk youth and their families. Over the years the troupe has collaborated with several other respected service and prevention-oriented organizations in the preparation of a portion of its repertoire.
Among the collaborators are the Alliance Against Intoxicated Motorists (AAIM); the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA); Operation Snowball; Suicide Prevention Services; Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA); and the Boys and Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). The MWAH! troupe has been a keynote presenter for the BGCA’s national and regional Keystone (teen) conferences in Houston, Atlanta, and Phoenix. The troupe has accepted an invitation to be a keynoter for the organization’s 100 th anniversary national conference in Washington, D. C. in August 2006. Twenty two years…dozens of talented and committed artists…a wide range of relevant issues affecting youth and families…a variety of venues throughout Illinois as well as in other states.
From boom box with tape cassettes to a wireless microphone sound system with programmed CDs, the beat goes on. And some things never change with the MWAH! troupe. The exclamation mark always is the most important part of the name.
MWAH! is an experience that delivers inspirational messages of hope and love from young people to young people, empowering them with the knowledge, courage, and strength to deal with life’s challenges. Through words, music, and dance, we are changing lives and saving lives, one performance at a time!
What We Have Accomplished
More than 35 years of issues-oriented school presentations throughout Illinois and various other states for audiences totalling more than half a million students and staff.