Stand and Deliver


Based on the screenplay by Ramon Menendez and Tom Musca.

Adapted for the stage by Robert Bella.

The compelling true story of a dedicated East Los Angeles teacher who surmounts overwhelming odds in his quest to turn inner-city students into whiz kids. When Jaime Escalante leaves a career in engineering to teach high school math, he is assigned to a barrio school with a reputation for gangs, drugs and dropouts, an ill-funded school that is also in imminent danger of losing its accreditation. Still, his quirky sense of humor, antics and offbeat teaching methods mesmerize and motivate his students. A class goal is set: to take the Advanced Placement Calculus Test, an exam so demanding that less than two percent of seniors attempt it. Pressure mounts! Escalante works his students and himself so obsessively that he suffers a heart attack a couple of days before the test; nonetheless, 18 students take the test. All 18 pass! However, the skeptical Educational Testing Service invalidates the scores because of the unusual similarity of wrong answers. Ambition and pride vanish in a single computerized keystroke. Reluctantly, the students agree to retest. The result provides the dramatic conclusion to this emotion-packed, inspirational, urban fairy tale.

Show dates are:

April 17 at 7 p.m.

April 18 at 2 p.m.

April 18 at 7 p.m.

April 19 at 2 p.m.

April 24 at 7 p.m.

April 25 at 2 p.m.

April 25 at 7 p.m.

April 26 at 2 p.m.

Stand and Deliver Cast

The Faculty:

Jaime Escalanta – Dustin Smith
Principal Molina – Dave Gander
Raquel Ortega – Donna Ball

The Students:

Javier Perales – Undecided
Tito Guitano – Undecided
Claudia Camejo – Morgan Hudson
Francisco “Pancho” Garcia – Undecided
Lupe Escobar – Bonnie Matthews
Ana Delgado – Elissa Hurley
Rafaela Fuentes – Sunshine Hughes
Angel Guerra – Undecided
Extra Students – Laken Dye, Hadyn, Sawyer

The Community:

Chuco – Undecided
Armando – Brandy Ramey
Hector Delgado – Russell Marshall
Dr. Ramirez – Undecided
Dr. Pearson – Undecided
Security Guard – Brandy Ramey
Police Officer – Russell Marshall
Gang Members – Undecided

Anyone still interested in auditioning can come

Monday, February 9 after 5:30 p.m. to room 228 in the

Renaissance Arts Center & Theatre located at

1200 East Center Street in Kingsport, TN.