They say that sequels are rarely as good as the original. I have heard of a few that come close—The Godfather: Part II, Star Wars: Episode V-The Empire Strikes Back, The Dark Knight, Spider-Man 2, Terminator 2: Judgement Day—but even then, opinions vary. The reality is that it’s nearly impossible to duplicate the raw feelings and emotions that seized your heart the first time around. And if a sequel does happen to dethrone its original, then it does so in such a fashion that its legacy is forever immortalized. Its name stands alone.

Thus, our very own sequel has arrived, and its writer, director, and sole actress are one in the same: Gabriella.

In the original production, Gabriella spent seven months in my class before earning her right to transition back into the regular classroom. Her time there was short-lived, however, before she starting having medical problems that all but crippled her ability to function normally (Day 132—In All Directions). When you add frequent and sporadic seizures with a personality that already starves for attention and acceptance, it makes for a nasty combination. The line between legitimate medical issues and simply acting dramatic to get attention has started to blur. And in the middle of that blur swirls failing grades, off-task behavior, and instigating fights. We were left with no option. I met with one of our principals last week, and she said that Gabriella would be joining us again for half-days until her doctors and our administration could figure out the best course of action proceeding forward.

So just like that, we have our sequel. I don’t know if it will be more entertaining and heart-wrenching than the original, but we will soon find out.

Showtimes will be from 11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Tickets are now on sale.

-WMM

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