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CAST Schools Presents: Three Years of Fear

The freshman year at CAST Schools is a year of self-discovery. For the past four years we have partnered with author, Lorenzo Gomez III, to perform an adaptation of his book for all entering ninth graders. Tafolla Toro: Three Years of Fear, is targeted to young people grappling with issues of fear, anxiety, community violence, and more. The book – set at Tafolla Middle School on San Antonio’s Westside – features a series of stories, with letters to the author’s younger self. These letters offer new perspectives and ideas based on the wisdom of hindsight.

This year, the Charline McCombs Empire Theater is opening its doors to allow us to invite the community to the big stage in downtown San Antonio. We’ll be performing three shows, one for all incoming 9th graders across our six CAST Schools in 4 school districts, one for the community, and a VIP fundraising event.


Friday, September 2nd • 9:40 AM

Premiere for CAST 9th Grade Students

Friday, September 2nd • 7:30 PM

VIP Performance

Saturday September 3rd • 2 PM

Family and Community Performance

Donate to Three Years of Fear

Help us raise $45,000 to support this artistic collaboration on the topic of mental health. 

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Tafolla Toro Three Years of Fear written by Lorenzo Gomez III

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Lorenzo Gomez III Particpates in a Question and Answer Session with Students

Three Years of Fear Curriculum Guide

The Three Years of Fear Curriculum Guide is intended for educators to incorporate the play and the book into your existing curriculum in a way that you see works naturally and meaningfully.

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A recap from the 2021 Performance: