Final Creative Development Session of Firerock: Pass the Spark Being Held This Week

We are excited to be holding our final creative development session for the script and music of Firerock this week!

The Firerock team has worked hard over the years to make a flexible, scalable musical that truly touches hearts and inspires people of all ages.  We’ve worked with an international team of artists and hundreds of community members and students in creative sessions around the country.  These development workshops and residencies are an integral part of Firerock as a constantly unfolding, generative project.  They have helped us strengthen the story and songs, refine our community engagement activities, and clarify our goals.  The twists of our political landscape, as well, have sharpened our focus, intent, and materials. 

Over the past several months, we have been building a foundation in New Mexico and the Southwest region in preparation for our launch this fall and winter.  Our team now includes Littleglobe, an interdisciplinary, community-focused arts organization that is producing this phase of the project.  The 2017-2018 launch will include three DIY community versions of Firerock – the full musical, a storyteller version, and a circle reading – as well as an engagement packet with videos to support individuals and groups in using Firerock as a tool for climate justice work. 

This week, we are looking forward to hosting our last creative development session for the Firerock script and music before the premiere of the musical theater production in January of 2018.  This is the first time professional actors and singers will be working with this new version of the script and songs.  Some of our key team members outside of New Mexico – Enrico de Trizio, our Music Director based in New York, and Kristin Rothballer, our Strategic Miracles Director based in the Bay Area – will be joining us for this exciting workshop.  The workshop will culminate in a reading and community engagement activity with some of our long-time supporters, new partners, friends, and colleagues.

We would like to thank all of our partners for their continued support of Firerock through its long journey as a climate justice and arts project.  We have been heartened to see how imagination and heart can activate us when other things seem to wear us down, and we are inspired by the organizations and individuals that are working tirelessly to engage people in climate justice action.  We are eager to continue our conversation with supporters about how we can use Firerock strategically as we move towards a 100% clean energy future.