Five of the eight D.C. high school students participating in Portraits Alive! at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery. The students lead visitors on an interactive tour of the museum and perform original monologues.
Adjane Embrey, Daja Moorer and Kyla-Michelle Petty help each other get into costume.
Playwright Tom Minter helps Kyla-Michelle Petty stage her Malcolm X monologue. Minter counsels the students in writing and performing their two sets of monologues.
The Portraits Alive! students rehearse together before a performance.
The students perform their monologues in front of the portraits and photographs of their chosen historical figure.
Portraits Alive! students bow to visitors in the Grand Hall of the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery during the finale of their tour. The full article published in NPR can be read here.