The Virginia premier of the 8x Broadway World Award-Winning "IT'S EASY! The Friend Strong Musical" (including BEST MUSICAL, Westchester/Rockland, NY 2017) takes the stage at Mountain View High School in Stafford, Virginia, September 20th, 21st and 22nd at 7pm, produced by Mariah's Music & Arts.
"A positive message about the importance of friendship in a musical aimed at keeping bullying out of school... Tackles what it's like to be your average middle school student... social media, friendship, and of course what can happen when people struggle to fit in." ~ VIOS 1 NEWS, NJ
Book by January Akselrad and Jennifer Young Music & Lyrics by January Akselrad Musical arrangements by Stephen Ferri and Andrew Fox
DIRECTED/PRODUCED BY MARIAH SNOW CHOREOGRAPHY BY KAREN LAWS, MARIAH SNOW, MICHELLE MCNUTT, STAR SPANN KAREN LAWS, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR ERIC HOKANSON, TECHNICAL LEAD
Mariah's Music & Arts is excited to be presenting the first licensed production of this new anti-bullying musical through special arrangement with educational theater company, See The Wish, NY. (www.seethewish.com)
SHOW SYNOPSIS... “It’s Easy!” takes place at Goodwin Middle School where bullies make life miserable, bystanders “look the other way” and victims are many. 6th grader, Jed Travis, just wants to find the courage to speak up. Stacey Emerson just wants to know why her best friend dumped her for the girls that she hates. And Ricky Palmer? He just wants to disappear. Just as the day couldn’t get any worse, a kind custodian with a time travel app helps Jed. Together, with one unwitting cyber-bully, they see that their futures, and the lives of others, depend on what they say or do, at every moment… is it too late to change the heartbreaking fate of one bullied classmate? Not if it’s up to Jed! The future is always changing.
90-minute musical features an ensemble cast of 25 youths and 10 adults.
Fun Fact:The national Be-A-Friend Project carries the "speak up, reach out and be a friend" message of "It's Easy!" across the country, having delivered over 9,000 letters of peer support to young victims of bullying since the show's workshop debut in 2015, and is woven into the show's storyline.
"What was it like seeing the play? Well, one thing was WOW! I was inspired by how friendship can defeat bullying. I literally cried with joy! I loved seeing it. It reversed my heart to be an upstander, not a bystander. It completely changed me!" ~ 5th Grade Audience Member, Main Street School, Irvington, NY (Reflection shared by Principal Joyce Chapnick)
For more information about "It's Easy!": www.itseasythemusical.com
Ages: Family musical targeted to midde school audiences is appropriate for all over 7 years