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Two Loudoun County Public Schools theatre teachers received a $5,000 grant from the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in support of special projects and performances, according to an LCPS announcement.

Angela Ramacci of Heritage High School and Russ Staggs of Loudoun Valley High School were among seven Washington Metro-area performing arts instructors honored by the foundation.

Ramacci plans to use the gift funding to incorporate circus elements into HHS's spring performance of "Circus of My Mind," a production through which students will address mental health issues.

Staggs' grant will go toward an outdoor production of Shakespeare's "The Taming of the Shrew," which is scheduled for May as part of the school's Shakespeare Under the Stars program.

A panel of judges including arts supervisors from surrounding counties, former grantees and Wolf Trap teaching artists selected this year's seven recipients. Other honorees hail from Fairfax County, D.C. Public Schools and Prince George's County and Montgomery County in Maryland.

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