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Photo provided by Allison Wrenn -- Gathered are, front from left, professional actors Joshua Allred and Maggie McGurn, Playmakers Education/Tour Director Danielle Adams and Runnels School K-12 Theater Program Chairwoman and playwriting/directing teacher Neena Kelfstrom; and back, Runnels playwriting students Joseph Armoney, Jena Bordelon, Isabel Booty, Savannah Sanders, Jarrett LaBonne, McKenzie Mayeaux, Will Lurker and Micah Danos.

Students in Neena Kelfstrom’s high school playwriting/directing class at Runnels School are working with Playmakers of Baton Rouge to develop a script for the troupe’s annual Spring Educational Elementary School Tour, a news release said.

The play, titled “My Habitat is Where It’s At,” will be performed by professional actors in Louisiana schools from February through May.

Playmakers Education/Tour Director Danielle Adams and professional actors Maggie McGurn and Joshua Allred, who are members of the spring touring cast, visited the school in early December to help the students prepare the script for production.

“It’s a wonderful opportunity for students to see the whole process of putting a play on its feet — from inception to performance,” said Kelfstrom, who is the kindergarten through 12th-grade theater program chairwoman at Runnels and will direct the production.

The spring tour is funded by a grant from the Louisiana Environmental Commission, which called for the play to feature an ecology theme and to be written by high school students.

The play tells the story of a bear named Bonnie who longs to be a jazz singer in New Orleans. To get there, she travels through the five regions of Louisiana, meeting indigenous animals, the release said.

“It’s both fun and educational,” Kelfstrom said.

Playwriting/directing class students include Joseph Armoney, Isabel Booty, Jena Bordelon, Micah Danos, Jarrett LaBonne, Will Lurker, McKenzie Mayeaux and Savannah Sanders.