The Children's Hour Inc.

PRESENTS

ICKY: The Musical Play

Book by Sarin West
Music by Jules Latimer
Lyrics by Hakim Bellamy

Way back in the days before the end of The Big Sick, students everywhere were forced to stare at computer screens featuring live video feeds of their classmates. This was happening in bedrooms, living rooms, and kitchens across the country and the world. With the help (and the subconscious musings) of a dreamer named Halley, a team of super heroes discover that unity and togetherness can get them through any sicky situation.

How Did We Get Here?

Since the COVID-19 pandemic began, our Broadcast reach has MORE THAN DOUBLED – reaching families throughout the United States, Canada, and Switzerland.

As we move through uncertain times, we are here to offer a place of assurance, stability, and as an outlet for children’s voices. During this once in a lifetime pandemic, we are all challenged, but this is particularly challenging for our youth.

Because of this, The Children’s Hour is embarking on a FIRST OF IT’S KIND project. This professional production has already begun work on this original, kid’s point-of-view pandemic radio musical!

The Children’s Hour will always remain as a source of hope, inspiration, and education each and every week. This musical is proving to be a true reflection of our current times.

**Art will belong to the artist to use as you choose in the future, but The Children’s Hour will have permission rights to use in connection with TCH and the ICKY musical.  Artist will be credited.**

Art may be used in correlation with Musical Promotion (print and/or digital)

DEADLINE: MARCH 15, 2021

Are you interested in having your art featured with our musical?

The contest is open to kids 17 or younger in 2021

What’s YOUR reaction to the Covid-19. 

Art can be mailed: 
The Children’s Hour
Attn: Musical
PO Box 70236
Albuquerque, NM 87197

OR emailed to:
musical -at- childrenshour (dot) org

Please include:
Name, City/State/Country, Age,
How you listen to The Children’s Hour

How do we create a musical in a Pandemic?

Interviews: Nov 1-14, 2020

We asked our players to tell us about their favorite stories, a story about the world they are living in, and gifted them a challenge to interview someone to get different perspectives on life. 

Pictured: Sarin, Katie, Zen & Jonathan

Practice: Nov 15-25, 2020

Our actors explored the art of theatre! They listened to and watched Broadway musicals. They created character studies, explored voice acting, and practiced storytelling.   

Ridiculously Optimistic

Our director, Jonathan, a method of directing follows a true Jim Henson principle – be Ridiculously Optimistic”. Because without that we would not have this amazing world that we live in. We are the children of optimism. 

Jonathan has directed close to 90 plays, large and small, in schools and community theaters, mostly with young/amateur actors … but this is his first time rehearsing remotely online.
This  challenge has proven both thrilling and rewarding

Now We Workshop!

December 2020…
We read and revised our script. Parts were assigned and this began to feel real!
We were sure to take breaks and care for ourselves.

January 2021…
Rehearsal time! We are finalizing our musical parts and rehearse our numbers.  We will do full script run thrust and polish out any rough edges.

Early February 2021…
Time for the magic! We will spend time recording what will become the final musical!

Late February – April 2021…
Editing to create the final, sure to be the epic product!
We CANNOT wait to share it with you!

Produced by Katie Stone 
Directed by Jonathan Dunski
Starring The Kid’s Crew, Sasha Menendez, Tania Hopkins & Katie Stone
Written by Sarin West
Composed by Jules Latimer Warren
Lyrics by Hakim Bellamy
Assistant Direction by Nicholas Main
Musical Direction by Sage Sarason
Scoring by Robb Janov
Post Production by Jen Kraus

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