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St. Michael’s Brattleboro Brings ‘A Mighty Outcry’ to Christ Church Montpelier, November 18

St. Michael’s Brattleboro Brings ‘A Mighty Outcry’ to Christ Church Montpelier, November 18

(Small correction: Please note that a previous version of this article stated the Montpelier performance would take place on Saturday, November 18. The date is actually SUNDAY, November 18. Hope to see you there!)

MONTPELIER, VT – On Sunday, November 18 at 3:00 PM at Christ Church in downtown Montpelier, the senior Choir School of St. Michael’s in Brattleboro will present A Mighty Outcry, an original musical by Paul Dedell, directed by Susan Dedell. A Mighty Outcry is a profile of Joan of Arc, tracing her path from childhood to her eventual martyrdom at the age of 19. Along with being the profile of a young woman who totally broke with the conventions of her culture with courage and perseverance, there are some complex and relevant questions that the play contemplates. Did Joan actually hear the voice of God? Is killing ever justified as a holy cause? What gives us courage to follow our convictions? How does gender identity affect all of us?

Although it is performed by teenagers, the show holds broad appeal to both young people and adults, and is suitable for all ages.

This is the fourth in a series of original plays written expressly for young people by composer Paul Dedell. Dedell’s first original theatrical score, The Great American Hero, won the David B. Marshall award from the University of Michigan in 1979. Since that time he has written original scores for productions including those for the People’s Theater in Cambridge, MA; Sandglass Theater; Marlboro College; and the New England Youth Theater. Recent commissions have come from the Vermont Symphony, Juno Orchestra, and the Narthex Foundation.

Dedell is thrilled to have been able to work with the singers of The Choir School, saying: “young people have rich spiritual lives — often in ways that have not hardened or become dogmatized. Exploring the ways in which they experience God through music and drama has been as revelatory to me as I hope it is to those who see the shows.”

The show will be also presented in Brattleboro at St. Michael’s on Saturday, November 17 at 7:00 PM. A freewill, suggested donation of $8/4 will benefit the Alleluiafund. Please come and support both the Alleluiafund and the work of these young people!

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