The future is always changing. Sixth grader, Jed Travis, only wants to know if it will get better. Bullies make his life miserable at Goodwin Middle School where bystanders stay quiet and victims are many. With help from a wise custodian and a futuristic app, Jed and one unwitting bully learn how, in every moment, their words and actions change the future. Is it too late to change the heartbreaking fate of another bullied classmate?
Directed by January Akselrad, “The Friend Strong Musical, It’s Easy!” was nominated “Outstanding New Musical” and “Outstanding Ensemble” by the National Youth Arts Awards at its 2015 workshop debut. The show's "speak up, reach out and be a friend" message went on to launch the national anti-bullying Be-A-Friend Project. This 1st professional run features an ensemble cast of 24 kids and 17 adults.
Producer’s note to parents and guardians…
Bullying scenes between 6th graders are age-appropriate and include name-calling (no foul language) and some physicality. In a scene from the future, it is implied that one classmate may have taken his own life to stop the hurt from bullying, however the incident is not described or seen. While this is a family musical for all ages, our target audience is 8-14 years or grades 3 - 8. Younger children are welcome upon your discretion. Hope, empathy and the power of friendship are the enduring and uplifting emotions of this show.
Produced by See The Wish/Onstage
Music & Lyrics by January Akselrad
Book by January Akselrad and children's author, Jennifer Jo Young
Please visit www.seethewish.com to learn more about "The Friend Strong Musical, It's Easy!" and the Be-A-Friend Project!
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