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When: Mon., July 23, 7 p.m. 2012
Price: Free
The theater program at University School of Nashville has already proven its mettle as a progressive outlet for the talents of precocious young people, including its more recent musical productions of Company and the controversial Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (which was a Nashville premiere). USN theater director Catherine Coke further nurtures the seeds planted in school with this outside reading of an original musical that began life as an independent study project under her supervision. The story is hardly conventional, concerning Travis, a young gay man in a small Texas town, whose mother is dating a preacher who aims to “cure” homosexuality using electroshock therapy. The creators are recent USN grads Preston Crowder (book), Forest Miller and Anna Cone (music and lyrics), and the majority of the performers involved are between the ages of 10 and 19. This event opens with a screening of Bob Pondillo’s award-winning indie film The Miracles on Honey Bee Hill, which offers a tale of love and acceptance but has also earned its share of negative feedback from church groups. The all-children cast is led by 11-year-old Lucy Turner, who scored big in Street Theatre Company’s 2011 production of The Bad Seed. Singer-songwriter Deborah Bishop and guitarist Bob Teague provide the pre-show music.
— Martin Brady


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