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The Hawkins school district is staging a play to help its 2019 theater students pay for college expenses.

All the money raised from upcoming performances of “The Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens” will go into a scholarship fund and be split by 2019 graduates involved in the play, said Candace Brooks, the school’s theater director.

“In having such a large group of seniors graduate who have held such big roles in our theater department over the last four years, we wanted to provide them with the best opportunity to receive scholarships,” Brooks said in a news release.

Brenna Bogard is one of the graduates in the play.

“I’ve spent several years doing plays at Hawkins, and getting to do one last show where the proceeds will go towards a scholarship for me and my classmates is really special,” she said in the news release.

“I am so excited to get one last performance on the stage I have acted on since middle school and getting to do it alongside teachers and community members has been bittersweet for all of us.”

Brooks, who also is performing in the play, is joined in the cast by fellow theater teachers Terri Dievendorf from Mineola ISD, Ben Patrick from Gilmer ISD and Mary Miller from Hawkins ISD.

She said some in the cast were featured in Mineola Lake Country Playhouse’s production of “Red Velvet Cake Wars.”

“Red Velvet Cake Wars” and “Guacamole Queens” are part of a comedy trilogy featuring the Verdeen cousins, three outrageous women from a small Texas town. In ‘The Last Round-Up of the Guacamole Queens,’ the cousins face many obstacles as they try to hold a student reunion before the date the school building is to be torn down.

“We are very fortunate that members of the East Texas community are willing to participate in this production and fundraiser,” Brooks said.

Performances are set in the Hawkins High School Auditorium for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, and July 26-28. Admission will be $10 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.

“We would love for the East Texas community to show support for our promising young students and actors by attending this production,” Brooks said.

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