Celebrating Culture and History Through Musical Theater
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My name is Kennedy Florence and I am passionate about music. From the moment I saw my first musical as a child I have always had an undeniable love for theater, especially musical theater. As a child I loved the combination of singing, dancing, and acting and how it gave me goosebumps every time I watched my favorite show. Now, my affection has grown even more. Since more passions of mine include history, women’s rights, and acceptance of all people, theater has opened my eyes to the messages that are sent about these topics on stage.
The overall theme of my project is the history of musical theater. I am doing research on various musicals and also writing a script to accompany performances based on historically important musical numbers. I am enlisting mentors who are women that can edit my script and give me key advice for directing and designing the stage. I am hoping to get a sense of independence and confidence from SIP. Since theater is something that I am hoping to do in college, SIP is giving me a huge head start. SIP inspires young women like me to challenge themselves; to realize that even at our young age we can accomplish big things.
I plan to study the evolution of musical theater and produce a show of my own that showcases how our changing society and culture has influenced theater through the years.
My end product is ultimately an original play woven into performances of various musical numbers. The story will follow a young woman who is desperately trying to get her niece to appreciate theater the same way she does. Through this story, I can highlight different musicals and the impacts they’ve made on society. My play will include songs from various musicals and will highlight our history through lyrics. I hope that this story will resonate with many different types of people in the audience. If someone comes in loving musical theater, I hope they will leave with more knowledge on their favorite shows. On the other hand, if musical theater isn’t an audience member’s forte, I hope they will leave with a new found sense of appreciation for musical theater and its history.