‘Listen Up’ on tour: Vermont teens reveal themselves in new musical
“If you want to know the pulse of what teenagers are thinking, feeling, wanting, doing, needing right now — this is the show to come to,” Bess O’Brien said Monday afternoon.
‘Like an anthem’
Potent teen voices ripple through Listen Up!, an original music theater piece currently touring Vermont, created by multi-award-winning director and producer Bess O’Brien and a company of teen and adult collaborators.
What's on the minds of Vermont teens? New production gives clues in song and dance
Burlington Free Press
Teens have a lot of things they need to say but it can be hard to put them into words, according to 14-year-old Avery Cutroni of South Burlington. It’s a lot easier, she said, to convey those messages by song and dance.
Bess O'Brien's 'The Listen Up Musical' Sets the Stage for Destigmatizing Tough Conversations Among Teens
Sixteen teenagers stood onstage in a school gymnasium at the Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville and sang an emotional rendition of "Lockdown." Written and inspired by Vermont teens, the song describes an experience that's familiar to virtually every member of Generation Z: active-shooter drills in school and what it feels like to practice hiding for their lives.
Vermont Conversation: Teens sing and speak their truth in ‘Listen Up’ musical
On this week’s Vermont Conversation, student cast members Theo Novotny, Miles Novotny and Sadie Chamberlain perform and discuss the issues raised in the musical and the process of making it, and producer Bess O’Brien describes how and why the musical was created.
Listen Up Vermont: Teen Voices
Hosts Mikaela and Anna talk with Silas Brubaker & Amar Vargas -- two VT teens of the cast of Listen Up! -- a musical amplifying VT teen voices. Join us for the hour to hear from Silas and Amar.
The show is playing in Putney August 10th and 11th.
New musical written and performed by Vermont teens kicks off 5-town tour
The song was about the world being on fire. And as they rehearsed the musical number on an athletic field in Lyndon, they watched haze from the Manitoba wildfires obscure the mountains, the trees and the moon.
New Musical From NEK Filmmaker Offers Glimpse Into Vermont Teen Life
Vermont Public Radio
‘Black Voices of Vermont' Aims to Build Community and Promote Learning
Teen outreach program announces interactive media project honoring and centering the voices of young Black Vermonters
Highlights from the Launch Press Conference
Highlights from our kick-off press conference at the State House, featuring Bess O'Brien, T.J. Donovan, Don George, Annalise Rose Shelmandine, Mark Levine, Phin Brown, and Gov. Phil Scott.