She Persisted
The Musical!
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Script and Lyrics by Adam Tobin
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Adapted from the book by Chelsea Clinton, illustrated by Alexandra Boiger
Published by Music Theatre International.

Upcoming Productions

She Persisted the Musical
Farmers Alley Theatre, Farmers Alley, Kalamazoo, MI

Synopsis

Naomi’s fourth-grade trip to the museum turns into a time-travelling adventure where she gets to meet inspirational women overcoming barriers and making history.

History

She Persisted: The Musical was commissioned by Bay Area Children’s Theatre and premiered in February 2019 under the direction of Khalia Davis, with music direction by Erica Maier D’Ambrosio.  It next enjoyed a celebrated Off-Broadway run at the Atlantic Theater Company in 2020, receiving the Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Family Show.

“An exuberant, time-traveling history lesson that instills confidence! The optimistic takeaway for the youngest generation is clear: Persevere. You’ve got this.” – Laura Collins-Hughes, The New York Times
The cast of Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Photo Credit: Alessandra Mello

Musical Numbers

1. PERFECT/NOT - Naomi and Ensemble
1. PERFECT/NOT - Naomi and Ensemble

2. THEY CHANGED THE WORLD - Ms. Chan and Ensemble

3. PERFECT/NOT Reprise - Naomi

4. ANOTHER SOLUTION - Sonia Sotomayor
4. ANOTHER SOLUTION - Sonia Sotomayor

5. THAT'S THE SCORE - Dr. Virginia Apgar and Ensemble
5. THAT'S THE SCORE - Dr. Virginia Apgar and Ensemble

6. HOPE - Harriet Tubman and Ensemble
6. HOPE - Harriet Tubman and Ensemble

7. ANOTHER SOLUTION Reprise - Sonia Sotomayor
7. ANOTHER SOLUTION Reprise - Sonia Sotomayor

8. RUN MY RACE - Florence Griffith Joyner and Ensemble
8. RUN MY RACE - Florence Griffith Joyner and Ensemble

9. ISN'T IT COOL? - Sally Ride and Ensemble
9. ISN'T IT COOL? - Sally Ride and Ensemble

10. WALK ON - Ruby Bridges and Naomi

11. PERFECT/NOT Reprise II - Naomi

12. WALK ON Finale - All
12. WALK ON Finale - All

 

“A piece of children’s theatre that is both entertaining and relevant. The show leaves us with an unforgettable rallying cry: “We insist, we resist, nevertheless we persist!” – Jordan Freed, Theatrius

Auberth Bercy and Amber Jaunai at the Atlantic Theatre Company. Photo Credit: Ahron R. Foster

Production Elements

Cast: 6 Women

Heather Sawyer, Auberth Bercy, Amber Jaunai, Jianzi Colón-Soto, Cynthia Nesbit and Amanda Corday. Photo Credit: Ahron R. Foster

Actress 1 (African American): NAOMI, 10

Actress 2 (Asian American): MS. CHAN and TIME, a child
Actress 3 (Latina): SONIA SOTOMAYOR and ensemble
Actress 4 (African American): HARRIET TUBMAN, FLORENCE GRIFFITH JOYNER and ensemble
Actress 5: (Caucasian): DR. VIRGINIA APGAR, SALLY RIDE and ensemble
Actress 6: (African American): RUBY BRIDGES and ensemble
Gabriela Momah and Loreigna Hawkins at Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Photo Credit: Alessandra Mello

Music: Various styles.  Scored for Piano, Violin, Guitar, Bass and Drums.  Accompaniment tracks available.
Musical Difficulty: Moderate
Technical Requirements: Minimal

Suggested Audience: Young Audiences/Families

“Inspirational! A call to action for families raising young feminists, She Persisted celebrates real-life sheroes while demonstrating that everyone has the power to make a difference.” – Raven Snook, Time Out New York

Authors

DEBORAH WICKS LA PUMA (music) – see her bio page

Purchase

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Carolina Morones, Bay Area Children’s Theatre. Photo Credit: Alessandra Mello

Vocal Work Out! CD

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