Staff Report Published: August 31, 2016, 9:32 am Updated: August 31, 2016, 10:08 am
TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A performance with a purpose.

We recently told you about theater 7; it’s a new performing arts company in terre haute that focuses on a positive message.

Listen to the words… they tell a story, a very powerful one of what it’s like to feel alone, unwanted, isolated.

Those strong words are set to a rhythm, choreographed to perfection.

“With this, you have to be on the beat, all the time.”

These are actors at Theater 7 and they want their words to jump off the script, right to your heart.

“I hope that adults see that as human beings, this is just a microcosm and a reflections of our lives.”

Their play, ‘Here in the Universe’ deals with life; unfiltered, harsh and painful. But then you learn who’s saying those words.

“Kept on going back to the middle school poems,” explained Arthur Feinsod with Theater 7. “For some reason there was something so raw, and honest, and authentic about their feelings.”

Middle school students submitted poems to a contest and the winners had those words transformed into a performance.

It’s called ‘Here in the Universe’ and it is a performance of spoken word and rap music all put together.

“To feel their pain to feel their agony, but to feel their hope and their potential growth, I mean that was just phenomenal too,” Bryant Clayton, the composer, explained.

Clayton wants everyone to feel that hope in this play. When you watch it, it’s hard to miss. They show it in their eyes and in their movements.

“We’re all the same beings, regardless of anything else,” said Tristan Crutchfield, actor. “And I think that in itself is a message that is so beautiful to hear as a little kid. That you’re all the same no matter where you come from. I think that’s amazing.”

Theater 7 is holding a performance of ‘Here in the Universe’ on Sept. 14 at 7 p.m. It’ll be held at the Indiana Theater and it’s completely free.