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OW Staff Writer | 1/26/2017, midnight
Hannah Franklin (Long Beach) of the Orange County School of the Arts; along with Elija Hall from the (Los Angeles) ...
Aryana Williams

Aryana Williams

Aryana Williams

Hannah Franklin (Long Beach) of the Orange County School of the Arts; along with Elija Hall from the (Los Angeles) and Aryana Williams (Carson) of Ramon C. Cortines School of Visual and Performing Arts are among the 12 local high school students chosen by the Center Theatre Group to participate in the regional finals for the 2017 August Wilson Monologue

Hannah Franklin

Hannah Franklin

Competition (AWMC). It will be held at the Mark Taper Forum on Feb. 27.

This is the sixth consecutive year Center Theatre Group is hosting the Southern California component of the national monologue contest. The program is designed to inspire and educate Los Angeles youth using monologues from August Wilson’s “American Century Cycle,” a 10-play dramatization of the African American experience in the 20th century.

Elija Hall

Elija Hall

Those rounding out the selected students include Joey Aquino (Los Angeles), Luke Baxter (Moreno Valley), Kelly Bouslaiby (Fontana), Hollis Dohr (Sherman Oaks), Asa Ferguson (Los Angeles), Habin Lee (Los Angeles), Arjang Mahdavi (Granada Hills), Ehvinny Mora (Rowland Heights), and Alexander Villaseñor (Los Angeles. The students represent seven local high schools within Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.

Aquino and Williams both participated in the 2016 competition where Williams took third place.

The students selected will receive training and rehearsal sessions provided by Center Theatre Group throughout January and February. The sessions will allow the students to refine their performances while gaining valuable acting techniques. The regional competition takes place May 1 at the Taper, and the first and second place finnishers win an all expenses trip to the finals in New York on Broadway. Third place will serve as an alternate.