HUGS AND KISSES
Book and Lyrics By Bruce Craig Miller and A. Terry Bliss
Music by Richard Giersch
Now in its 30th year of touring, Hugs and Kisses introduces the concepts of good touch, bad touch and secret touch to elementary school students in a sensitive and an age appropriate manner through an enjoyable, award-winning musical play. Hugs and Kisses is the Commonwealth of Virginia’s principal and most comprehensive child sexual abuse prevention program and has been since its inception in 1983.
Hugs and Kisses has been shown in every school district in Virginia and has been seen by over 1.5 million children. The School of Social Work at Virginia Commonwealth University independently evaluates an annual student and teacher questionnaire. The evaluation consistently proves that children learn the prevention message across all elementary school grade levels and that teachers feel more confident and competent when dealing with child sexual abuse issues.
This award-winning landmark musical play sensitively and inoffensively tells the story of a little girl who has been sexually abused. During the course of the play, the little girl and her friends learn valuable life lessons that enable her to talk to a trusted adult who can bring help.
For a detailed synopsis and list of concepts covered in the play, please read the Study Guide. Click here for the guide in pdf format. (Requires the free Adobe Acrobat Reader).