WHEN: May 6 and 7. Curtain at 7:30 p.m.
TICKETS: For advance credit card purchases, please use the Eventbrite link included in the listing. (Advanced Eventbrite purchases include a processing fee.) All other purchases can be made at the door on the evening of the performance when the box office opens one hour prior to curtain. To rserve seats for a particular performance, call Cody at Charter Oak ( 860-310-2586).
The story of Peacemaker focuses on an ancient tribal community…the “tribe of the two-legged,” on a child, “Humanity’s Child,” the family that deeply loves her, and the community in which she will live. It asks the question that every parent has had to answer, “What shall I teach my child?”
While fully acknowledging the reality of war, sorrow and the squandering of nature’s resources, (as Spider Woman sings: “…for the humans may be nature’s mistake!”), PEACEMAKER urges us to teach peace; to nurture tolerance, love, joy, kindness and compassion in our children, – to show them, how to “participate joyfully in the sorrows of the world”, while recognizing our responsibility to preserve the planet for future generations.
WHO’S IN THE SHOW: The title character, Humanity’s Child is shared by teen phenoms Bianca Day and Talia Raquel. Starring as the child’s family are: folk-rock legend Shawn Phillips from South Africa as Grandfather; New York-based vocalists Sarah Elizabeth Charles as Spirit Mother and R&B composer AC Lincoln as Spirit Father; long-time Brubeck collaborator Dianne Mower and nationally-known blues master Marion Cowings as Aunt Spiderwoman and Uncle Coyote with Mower doubling as “The Monster HidesItsFace.” Master storyteller, Jonathan Kruk from the Hudson Valley as “The Storyteller” ignites listener’s imaginations with inspiration from The Tribe, a vocal ensemble directed by internationally recognized soprano, Nancy Stewart; The Band, an ensemble conducted by noted educator Dr. Brian Messier, and a Kid’s Chorus directed by the composer.
A BRIEF HISTORY: Peacemaker, The Musical (aka Peacemaker: The Dream of Humanity’s Child) was developed over a thirty year period from 1970 to 2001 and revised in 2014 by composer/lyricist John McDonnell Tierney. The goal of the show is not only to entertain, but to motivate audiences to make peaceful choices in their lives, to “walk a path that leads to peace.” It is a show with a social conscious, creating a peaceful future for all of humanity’s children.