The Transylvania Times -

Artists Promote Justice


July 30, 2018

Just as we here in Transylvania are fortunate to draw such remarkable talent each summer to the Brevard Music Center, we’re lucky to be home to a vibrant community of musicians and actors as evidenced by the contributions of the Brevard Little Theater.

Case in point was the BLT’s 8th “Broadway Cabaret” or July 19-22, in which local talent burst forth in a variety of show tunes, many reflecting the spirit of justice and of the movements for civil and human rights. Partnering this summer with the Brevard Music Center and several local organizations, including Project Empathy, the NAACP, Center for Spiritual Wisdom and Brevard College, Brevard’s Little Theater decided to share in lifting up “Voices of Justice” in their Cabaret.

Special kudos to BLT producers Sandi and Mark Thompson and musical director Tim Shepherd, who brought a number of justice themes to life through such tunes as “I Am What I Am” (gay identity) from “La Cage aux Folles,” “Run Freedom Run” (struggle for civil rights) from “Urinetown,” “Wig in a Box” (gender-bending) from “Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” and “Do You Hear the People Sing?” (revolutionary spirit) from “Les Miserables.”

It’s a real gift when artists and musicians stir us with talent and devotion to involve ourselves ever more deeply in the struggles for social justice. Thank you, BLT.

And thanks also to Brevard College for hosting another “Voices of Justice” event on Aug. 9, when “13th,” Director Ava DuVernay’s powerful film on incarceration and racism, will be shown at 6 p.m. in Ingram Hall.

Carter Heyward

Cedar Mountain


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