NORTON – Amelia Kirshon turned a new idea in the notes section of her phone into a new one, which eventually evolved into “June in a Parallel Universe”.
Kirshon, who graduated this year from Norton High School, describes “June” as a “complete musical about the darkness that connects us and the lives that are not always visible. It’s a love letter to our minds as it seems like we’re always at war with them instead of actually hearing what they have to say.
The musical is a coming-of-age tale where June, the main character, struggles to blend into the background of life. She imagines a parallel universe version of herself, Winter. But, as Winter’s power increases, June becomes more and more insecure. Audiences take pride of place in June’s mind when an ensemble follows her, expressing her intrusive thoughts.
For Love and Music, a nonprofit that raises money for the Greater Boston Food Bank and non-perishable goods for Norton’s Cupboard of Kindness, presents the musical.
The association was created by Kirshon’s family in 2018. As a child, Ann-Marie Alves, Kirshon’s mother, volunteered in pantries and developed a passion for volunteer work.
“We wanted to find a way to help feed our local citizens in need and when we realized how much the Greater Boston Food Bank could do with the money we raised, we knew it was there. great place to fundraise. said Alves.
For every dollar donated, the Greater Boston Food Bank donates three meals to those in need.
Four years into the works, Kirshon used the finished musical as his main project for the school, whose requirements were to create a presentation that could be shown to a jury.
The play will be performed this week at Mockingbird and Music Studios in Easton, and Kirshon has rallied a few of his friends from Norton High and Uncommon Theater in Mansfield to participate as cast members.
“Amelia and I went to school together and became very close friends in our senior years when she told me about her musical,” said Rosie Conklin, who plays Winter in “June”. “After I wrote Act 1, a few friends and I read about it and she made me read Winter. It made me fall in love with the show and the character and I knew I had to do the show.
For Love and Music typically hosts two events a year while raising around $ 300 for the Greater Boston Food Bank and three bins of non-perishable goods for Cupboard of Kindness.
The nonprofit hopes to raise $ 500 for the GBFB this year through the “June” screening as well as six bins of non-perishable goods for Cupboard of Kindness.
The show is already sold out but if you still want to support For Love and Music, you can stream the musical live on July 22 and 23 at 8 p.m. ET. Go to forloveandmusic.org for the link.
Even though the live broadcast is free, the nonprofit asks that you donate any amount to the Greater Boston Food Bank.
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