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The name is MWAH! – An acronym for Messages Which Are Hopeful!


Keep up with current MWAH! news at its BLOG.


Mission Statement for MWAH! Performing Arts Troupe:

MWAH! is an experience that delivers inspirational messages of hope and love from young people to young people, empowering them with the knowledge, courage, and strength to deal with life's challenges. Through words, music, and dance, we are changing lives and saving lives, one performance at a time!



The troupe is registered as a 501c3 charitable organization in Illinois under the name KDC / MWAH! (Kids Do Count / Messages Which Are Hopeful!) and is affiliated with the Chicago Area Project, a grass–roots service and advocacy program based in downtown Chicago and part of an Illinois–wide community services network targeting at–risk youth and their families.


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The ever-changing troupe repertoire includes such various current issues as bullying, abusive relationships, diversity, self-injury, teen depression and suicide, positive alternatives to alcohol and other drugs, and the acceptance of differences among people.

MWAH! founder/director is Ray Moffitt, who has a background in social work.


For a gallery of photos from a MWAH! performance at John Deere Middle School in Moline, Illinois in the Quad Cities on May 4, 2015,
please click Here (photos by Stephanie Willcox in Moline)

For a News Video from WTVO (ABC Channel 17 and Fox News 39 in Rockford) regarding an appearance by MWAH! at Flinn Middle School in Rockford on May 18, 2015, please click Here .
The State Journal–Register newspaper in Springfield, Illinois ran a feature story on April 28, 2015 about the troupe's appearance the day before at Glenwood High School in Chatham, located on the south edge of Springfield.  To view this story, please click Here

For a News Video from WICS-TV (Channel 20) on the troupe's appearance on April 27, 2015 at Glenwood High School in Chatham, please click Here



Moline John Deere MS 05/04/2015

The MWAH! Performing Arts Troupe outside John Deere Middle School in Moline, Illinois, in the Quad Cities, following its performance in the school auditorium for nearly 800 students in grades 6-8 on May 4, 2015.

(photo by Stephanie Willcox)

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Wheeling HS Oper.Snowball 04/11/2015

The MWAH! Performing Arts Troupe in its dance finale attire following its issues–oriented performance as part of the Wheeling High School Operation Snowball retreat at the high school on April 11, 2015.

(photo by Scott Harrington)

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Central_DeWitt_Iowa_149_sm 02/09/2015

The MWAH! Performing Arts Troupe outside Central High School in DeWitt, Iowa following an issues–oriented performance for Central School District Intermediate and Middle School students (grades 6–9) on February 9, 2015.

(Photography by Harrington)

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Recent articles and videos about MWAH!

For a look at the troupe being featured on the front page of the Addison Suburban Life, please click Here.

Indian Trail Junior High School 03/23/2015 'And together we are...MWAH!' shout troupe members Lindsay Kent, Sophie Michael, and Taylor Oechsel as Chad Sype holds the banner following the first of two performances on March 23, 2015 at Indian Trail Junior High School in west-suburban Addison, Illinois.
For an enlargement of the photo, please click Here . For a video slideshow from the morning performance, please click Here .
(Photos by Scott Harrington and slideshow arranged by Clarissa Colletti)


Central High School in DeWitt, Iowa 02/09/2015
And together we are…MWAH!! – the 'last hurrah' for the MWAH! troupe's appearance at Central High School in DeWitt, Iowa on February 9, 2015 for grades 6–9. With troupe members are Central Community School District students who had just finished an energized dance piece with the troupe. For enlargement of this photo, please click Here . For a video slideshow, please click Here .
(Photo and video slideshow by Scott Harrington)

St.Raphael Catholic Church Naperville,Illinois 01/25/2015

MWAH! artists (from left) Rob Delgado, Landon Ballard, and Chad Sype give special musical recognition to Kaylee Harris at St. Raphael Catholic Church in Naperville, Illinois on January 25, 2015 - an event involving Catholic youth groups and parents from throughout Naperville and Aurora. For a video slideshow, please click Here . For enlargement of this photo, please click Here
(Photo and video slideshow by Scott Harrington)

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KMAQ Radio (am 1320/fm 95.1) in Maquoketa, Iowa, on February 6, 2015
Segment of news broadcast on KMAQ Radio in Maquoketa, Iowa on February 6, 2015 regarding MWAH! troupe's planned appearance at Central High School in DeWitt, Iowa on February 9 – broadcast by Cody Barnes, KMAQ News Director.


Zori, Chad, Landon  BondurantFarrar MS,Illinois 10/20/2014
Zori Schiffman (left), Chad Sype (on floor), and Landon Ballard serenade Kileigh Boatwright, an eighth grader who loves to dance, during the MWAH! appearance on October 20, 2014 at Bondurant–Farrar Middle School in Bondurant, Iowa, located on the northeast edge of Des Moines. For a video slideshow from the performance and subsequent discussion session, please click Here.
For an enlargement of this photo, please click Here
(photo and slideshow by Scott Harrington of Photography by Harrington)

(photos by Scott Harrington of Photography by Harrington).
Lena–Winslow HS Lena,Illinois 10/06/2014
Having just completed an energized dance finale with Lena-Winslow High School dancers behind them, MWAH! troupe members (from left) Taylor Oechsel, Shannon Sype, Levi Ballard, Sophie Michael, and Jillian Gomez encourage the audience to shout out the troupe's name. For an enlargement of this photo, please click Here
For a video slideshow from this performance on October 6, 2014, please click Here.
(photos by Scott Harrington of Photography by Harrington).
 Annawan High Schooll,Illinois 9/22/2014
For a video slideshow of the MWAH! troupe's appearance at Annawan High School on September 22, 2014, please click here. Here .
For an enlargement of a photo of the troupe following its performance, please click Here .
(photo and slideshow by Scott Harrington of Photography by Harrington)



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