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Each year, at the end of Hilltop Montessori Middle School performance month, there emerges an imaginative, versatile show. This year, as we struggle to discover the concept of what it means to be human, we've boiled down all that we've learned and explored to the core the idea of Awareness and the forces that prevent it. We pushed Ignorance, Apathy, Conformity, and Fear aside and collaboratively created a thought-provoking stew of scenes, skits, songs, puppets, and poems titled The Illusion of Seclusion. We spent 3 weeks writing and rewriting, building and rebuilding, practicing and practicing again. What we're presenting to you are the thoughts and ideas of 33 developing, inventive, and ingenious minds.

Performances will take place on today at 7 p.m. and Friday at 1 and 7 p.m. The performances take place at the Hilltop Montessori Arts Barn, 99 Stafford Farm Hill, Brattleboro, VT. For more information, please call the school at 257-0500.