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"It's not about what happened in the movie theater," said D'Angelo, director of theater at the Community College of Aurora.

 "It's an answer to take back the word theater and share something special and beautiful within our community with hopes that [the audience will] do the same."

"Glimpses" is a collection of personal, real stories from students at CCA. While the show is not a direct representation of the theater tragedies, it is about actual emotions and stresses that the actors experienced.

"We're asking them to do something really hard and it's opening up parts of themselves that they maybe never shared," D 'Angelo said.

Theater student Aisha Spencer said the day of the shooting was chaos for her and her classmates.

"Most of us were calling each other. We're trying to figure out who was there, who wasn't there, if everyone was safe," Spencer said. "It was hard for all of us because it's our home town. It's where we grew up or where we go see movies."

Theater student James Brunt presented a poetic piece expressing his anxieties over bottling up his emotions.

"This show is real, I guess, you can say because it's made from scratch. It's made from us," Brunt said.

D'Angelo hopes the real emotion will help the audience members deal with their own emotional demons.

"Well, I think there's nothing more raw than emotion right in front of your face that you can see and hold on to and feel," D'Angelo said. "I think it will allow [the audience] to just open up to whoever they need to."

Spencer said it's helping her deal with her own personal frustrations over the stress of feeling like she never has enough time.

"It really helps people because they don't have to be ashamed or sorry for how they feel," Spencer said. "It was more therapy in a sense."

The show opens on Thursday, November 8 at the Larry D. Carter Theater on the Community College of Aurora's Centretech Campus. Tickets are on sale for $10 for adults and $5 for students. Part of the proceeds will be donated to the victims and families of the theater shootings. 

Click here to purchase tickets.

"I think it's important that we still support our community in that way," D'Angelo said.

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