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STUPID WIG THE MUSICAL

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August 08, 2012

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BENEFITING:

EVENT DATE: Sep 09, 2013

June Rachelson-Ospa

THE STORY:

This Musical is based on a short story by Shirley Spurgeon and her survival of Leukemia. The creators are Barry Keating, Daniel Neiden and June Rachelson-Ospa.

 

A personal note from Shirley

Shirley K Larkin-Spurgeon's story of Leukemia Survival

I was born on August 20, 1970 in San Fernando, California. My parents divorced when I was five and we moved to the Antelope Valley in 1977 where I was raised by my Hispanic mother and grandparents. In 1979, I was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. The doctors at Children's Hospital of Los Angeles told my family I had three months left.
Obviously, I didn't die but did relapse ten years later in 1989 and again in 1992. Children's transferred me to City of Hope where I survived a bone marrow transplant.

Eventually I graduated from The Master's College with a bachelor's degree in 1994 and teaching credential in 1997. I taught elementary school for several years in conjunction with piano which I had studied since the age of eight. I currently teach piano and am pursuing a career as an author of children's stories.

As a child, my tata (grandfather) would tell me stories of when he was a boy in Bisbee, Arizona during the Great Depression. His great story telling often cheered me up when I was sick. I always wanted to document his stories and that is what inspired me to write.

“Stupid Wig” is about my trials as a child with cancer. It is based on actual events that transpired during my illness. It's main focus is my coming to terms with losing my hair and having to wear a wig.
It's educational, humorous and encouraging. The story has been
published as part of an anthology titled “It's Tough Growing Up: Children's Stories of Courage” compiled by Marilyn Dalrymple and Joan Foor.

New York playwright, June Rachelson-Ospa and Broadway composer Barry Keating along with Co-collaborator Daniel Neiden have taken this simple story and turned it into a brilliant and entertaining musical. I appreciate them keeping me informed and not deviating from the original story. I especially like how they implemented the 'Star Wars' theme as I am an avid fan. Several of the songs touched my heart as if they knew exactly how I was feeling.

I have every confidence that “Stupid Wig” the musical will be a huge success. My hope is that it will reach countless children. Also that it would be published as a picture book for young readers with the proceeds donated to Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times.
 

Note: from June Rachelson-Ospa....My son was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome when he was 5. (He's 19 now and in college!).  We had written a musical called Tourettaville that was honored at the Kennedy Center in 2000. While in Texas my good friend Naomi, who has a youth Theatre Program in San Antonio (She's presented my shows SWAK, RAPUNZARELLA WHITE and SWAK at TNT Festival with her kids performing) told me all about Shirley. Naomi hooked us up and I was touched, moved and inspired by her story. Now the script is done and we need to create musical demos, musical arrangements and a presenation package to help get STUPID WIG to the stage, fundraising galas, a children's book and CD. Once we have what we need we put STUPID WIG out into the world to raise awareness and money for research. Please look at out site to see what we've done before. Help us start begin this wonderful project.

http://www.tourettaville.com

 

 

 

 

MUSIC UP: FINALE SONG ENTIRE CAST

 

 

FACE THE DAY

 

VERSE

WE NEVER KNOW WHAT'S COMIN'

AS WE TRAVEL ON THROUGH TIME

WE CAN CLIMB A MOUNTAIN, TOUCH A STAR

COMPOSE A SIMPLE RHYME

YET AS THE LANDSCAPE CHANGES

AND WE WALK THROUGH SHIFTING SANDS

THE LIFE WE USED TO CALL OUR OWN

CAN SLIP RIGHT THROUGH OUR HANDS YET

 

CH:

WE CAN FACE THE DAY WITH COURAGE

FACE THE DAY WITH HEART

TREASURE EV'RY MOMENT

STAND TOGETHER FROM THE START

WE CAN FACE THE DAY

THROUGH DARKNESS

AND WE CAN FACE OUR FEARS

IFACE THE DAY TOGETHER

AS WE JOURNEY THROUGH THE YEARS

 

VS:

WE WON'T KNOW WHAT WE'RE MADE OF

TILL A CHALLENGE COMES OUR WAY

WE CAN FACE THE MIRROR, SING OUR SONG

AND FIND THE WAY TO PRAY 

THEN JOIN WITH ALL THE VOICES

 

ALL

AND REJOICE IN HARMONY

AS WE BECOME THE PERFECT BLEND

OF FRIEND AND FAMILY THEN

 

CH:

WE CAN FACE THE DAY WITH COURAGE

FACE THE DAY WITH HEART

TREASURE EV'RY MOMENT

STAND TOGETHER FROM THE START

WE CAN FACE THE DAY

THROUGH DARKNESS

AND WE CAN FACE OUR FEARS

IF WE FACE THE DAY TOGETHER

AS WE JOURNEY THROUGH THE YEARS

 

BR:

WE’RE ONE IN THE SAME IN THE HUMAN GAME

AS OUR LIVES UNFOLD

WE’RE ONE IN SAME IN THE HUMAN GAME

WHETHER YOUNG OR OLD

WHOEVER WE ARE WE CAN TRAVEL FAR

REMEMBER THEN WE CAN RISE AGAIN

IF WE FACE THE DAY WITH LOVE

 

 

CH

(IMPROVISE HERE..

FACE THE DAY , FACE THE DAY

YEAH DO IT, RISE ABOVE

FACE THE DAY, FACE DAY

FACE THE DAY WITH LOVE .

 

 

 

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