Past Features

May 1, 2007 (Vol. 5, No. 7)

Curtain Rises on New Musical About Bus Boycotts

The Cast of When I Get to Where I am Going
The cast of "When I Get to Where I am Going." (Front row l.-r.) Diony Diaz, Rahima Payne, Glendalys Sosa and Lara Diva Tosin. (Back row l.-r.) Nicole R. Blackman, Andrew Torres, Stella Okure, Reynolds Fernandez.

The Lehman Music Department will present the world premiere of When I Get to Where I am Going, a musical by Professor Penny Prince, on Thursday, May 10, at 6:30 p.m.; Friday, May 11, at 12:30 p.m.; and Saturday, May 12, at 2:15 p.m. Performances will be given in Room 306 of the Music Building. Admission is free, but confirmed reservations are required.

The play is based on the bus boycotts of the Civil Rights Movement and the story of Rosa Parks, who was arrested in 1955 for refusing to give up her seat to a white passenger on a Montgomery, Alabama bus. The cast of students and alumni worked with Professor Prince on the script to give voice to such civil rights activists as Jo Ann Robinson, E.D. Nixon, Mamie Till Bradley, and reporter Joe Azbell.

"It was not so long ago when attaining civil rights in this country involved a fierce struggle," explains Professor Prince. "We still have a long way to go in being sensitive and understanding of each other, and that's why I wanted to tell this moving story."

Professor Prince has composed several musicals, including Sleeping Beauty, Rapunzel, Dither Farm, a play based on Sid Hite's classic children's book, and last year's Rumpelstiltskin.

For more information on the performance, call 718-960-8247 or 718-960-7796.