Mott Haven students create, perform musical based on their own lives

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Students at the Mott Haven Academy Charter School are using their voices to share their personal stories through a new musical they collectively wrote and created.

The students have been rehearsing three times a week for the last six months for their school musical, “Unstoppable.” 

“They're just kind of just blossoming into these amazing human beings,” says Nefertiti Jones, Haven Kids Rock music teacher.

Mott Haven Academy Charter School in the South Bronx opened its doors 10 years ago, with an aim to save seats for at-risk kids in the foster care and welfare system.

Jones and her husband joined in to create an extracurricular music program for the students called Haven Kids Rock. 

In the program, the student are not only learning songs to sing, they're writing their own. 

“It makes me feel like I have voice, for the people that don't have the confidence to speak up,” says student Naima Frederick.

Different from most school musicals, “Unstoppable” was written based off of the students’ real life stories and circumstances.

“For other people to know what your parents and you go through, and it's like something you don't want to talk about and us doing this, it's like really powerful,” says student Natalie Flores. 

The students are set to debut "Unstoppable" on May 8 at the Sheen Center to a sold-out audience.

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