The Cincinnati Mens Choir is bringing It Gets Better to town for only two days! This in depth, thought provoking look at LGBT bullying is based on Testimony by Stephen Schwartz. With popular songs by Katy Perry, Mariah Carrey, and Lady Gaga as well as actual narrative from the It Gets Better Project, this show is meant to inspire and bring hope to LGBT youth. Performances are this weekend only, June 23 and 24 at the Mayerson Theatre at the School for Performing Arts in Over the Rhine.
The It Gets Better Project was created when columnist Dan Savage posted a video on Youtube in which he and his partner, Terry Miller, responded to the gay teen suicide epidemic that is sweeping the country. Understanding and sympathizing with these misunderstood teens, Savage and Miller wanted to approach this tragedy in a hopeful, positive way– by telling them that life after high school actually does get better and most importantly, don’t give up. Their message has spawned hundreds of celebrities, politicians, companies, and media personalities as well as thousands of others around the world to submit over 50000 personal responses, including President Barack Obama. The website offers a wealth of information to people struggling with finding peace, and whether it is because of personal isolation or bullying, the project lets kids know they are not alone. Merchandise as well as the It Gets Better book are also available. Proceeds fund anti bullying programs and suicide prevention.
It Gets Better will be presented in the Mayerson Theatre at The School for Creative and Performing Arts, located at 108 West Central Parkway in Cincinnati. This amazing and vibrant building showcases beautiful and meaningful art work. With over 1300 students, the SCPA’s core values include diversity, respecting all others, dedication, and honesty, making it just the right place for such important topics children and teens face today. According to The SCPA website, this K- 12 magnet school in Cincinnati focuses on “ lifelong involvement in artistic and scholastic pursuits.”
The Cincinnati Mens Choir, now in their 21st season, was founded in 1991. They have performed from California to Florida in the US as well as a variety of venues and concerts around the tri state. Often collaborating with MUSE, CMC raises awareness for LGBT issues and inspires to celebrate each person’s individuality.
Don’t miss out on the chance to see one of the only two performances this season! One performance will be on Saturday, June 23 at 8 p.m. and the other the next afternoon, Sunday, June 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets will be $30 at the door but are only $25 in advance. Additional discounts for students and groups are available by calling 513-542-2626.
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