She Persisted, the Musical, a world premiere from Bay Area Children’s Theatre (BACT) based on the best-selling book about American heroines by Chelsea Clinton, with illustrations by Alexandra Boiger, comes to Sunnyvale, Saturday, April 6, for two weekends.
She Persisted, the Musical, tells the story of fourth grader Naomi who meets trailblazing women through the magic of time travel as they face pivotal moments in their lives. The production plays April 6 – 14 at the Sunnyvale Community Center — 550 E. Remington Dr., Sunnyvale, CA 94087 — with performances Saturdays at 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sundays at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.
As has been the case throughout the show’s Bay Area run (Berkeley, San Francisco, Sunnyvale), tickets are flying out of the box office, so families should reserve now.
BACT hosted Clinton and Boiger in Berkeley on Friday, March 1, for a special performance of the musical.
“Each of the incredible women that I include in She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World has inspired me,” said Clinton. “Their lives are an example, and as She Persisted is brought to life on stage, I hope that these stories of activists, artists, athletes, scientists and more inspire you to believe that with imagination and persistence, you too can change your school, your neighborhood, your community, our country and our world for the better.”
She Persisted, the Musical, is directed by Khalia Davis and features an all-female cast. Television writer and screenwriter Adam Tobin, who teaches at Stanford University, became enchanted with Clinton’s book when he read it with his daughter and has adapted it for the stage. The production features thoroughly engaging music by award-winning composer Deborah Wicks La Puma, with lyrics by Tobin.
Established in 2004, BACT, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, serves 125,000 children and adults throughout the Bay Area, with main stage performances in Berkeley, San Francisco and Sunnyvale; programs and productions in local schools; and classes and summer camps in the East Bay, South Bay, and San Francisco.
This show is recommended for ages 5 – 12. Tickets range from $17-34 and can be purchased on the BACT website, www.bactheatre.org, or you can call (510) 296-4433.