Frequently Asked Questions
& Frequently Given Answers

 

NOTE: This page is intended to provide a quick overview of Humanity’s Child and our free licensing offer exclusively for school and college non-profit productions. 

 

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FREQUENTLY-ASKED QUESTIONS

 

Q: Why is Humanity’s Child a really great show for our high school or college production?
Q: What is Humanity’s Child about?
Q: What are the educational and psychological foundations of Humanity’s Child?
Q: What are the educational goals of Humanity’s Child; for participants; for audiences?
Q: What is the music like?
Q: What does an actual production look like?
Q: Who are the characters in Humanity’s Child?

Q: What technology is required to produce Humanity’s Child?
Q: How do we apply for FREE-SCHOLASTIC LISCENSING?

Q: How do we access free or at-cost scripts and scores?
Q: How do we access free or at-cost music tracks?

 

 

FREQUENTLY-GIVEN ANSWERS

 

Q: Why is Humanity’s Child a really great show for our high school or college production? [to the top]

A: Many reasons:

  • Humanity’s Child is written specifically for an adolescent/young adult cast – HS and/or College age. (You won’t be asking an 18 year old kid to play an 80 year old man!)
  • The music of Humanity’s Child is designed to appeal to young or youthful listeners and to be vocally-accessible to adolescent/young adult singers. (We got consistently good reviews for music off-Broadway Summer, 2019)
  • Humanity’s Child is designed for maximum production convenience. (Requires only a simple set and costumes found in most kid’s closets.)
  • Humanity’s Child can be effectively performed with small or large groups! (As few as six actor/singers or as many as fit on your stage.)
  • Because we are a non-profit foundation we can offer Humanity’s Child free or at minimum cost. (Don’t spend your whole budget on fees and rentals!)

 

Q: What is Humanity’s Child about? [to the top]

A: In HUMANITY’S CHILD, a compelling story, appealing music and endearing characters engage audience emotions as “Sara (aka Humanity’s Child), Vox (Sara’ “invisible friend”) and The Players (Humanity’s Children) face a world in disarray, a nation divided, a planet in deep trouble and a very uncertain future. Composer/Playwright John McDonnell Tierney’s script and score is at once wildly entertaining and deeply moving drawing on universal human experiences (fear and joy), encouraging action (speaking up), and offering a vision for a just, sustainable future. Be with Sara, Vox and The Players as they discover their inner-strengths and personal resilience.

SEE FULL SYNOPSIS ON-LINE
https://www.humanityschild.com/about-1/the-story/

 

Q: What are the educational and psychological foundation of Humanity’s Child? [to the top]

A: In H.C., Composer/Playwright/Psychologist, Dr. John McDonnell Tierney, a retired psychology professor specializing in adolescent development, draws on a deep knowledge of the science and a personal knowledge of the experience of adolescence and young adulthood. Science (and experience) has revealed some universally shared attributes of adolescent that are the foundation of Dr. Tierney’s libretto and underlying narrative in Humanity’s Child.

 

Universal adolescent/emerging adult experiences highlighted in this story include:

  • Freedom vs. Security: Adolescents desire independence and autonomy while simultaneously desiring the safety and security of childhood.
  • Belief systems: Adolescents question previously held beliefs and assumptions.
  • Identity: Adolescents seek to discover who they and significant others are.
  • Purpose: Adolescents begin to define more mature goals.
  • Sociality: Adolescents are drawn to others of like attributes and shared goals.

Experience (and science) has also revealed other attributes of the adolescence. Specifically, teens and emerging adults are not too fond of being told what to think or what to believe by people generations older. Recognizing this, Dr. Tierney’s script does none neither. It does not “tell” audiences “what to think” about gun control, for example. At the same time, however, he does seek to fairly represent the views of many young people in the “March for Our Lives Movement” and others actively working for “sensible gun violence policies that save lives.” Similarly, the script does not tell young people “what to believe” as well. Rather, it celebrates the universal human experience known as “spirit;” and “The Spirit Within.”

 

Q: What are the educational goals of Humanity’s Child; for participants; for audiences? [to the top]

A: H.C. was created by a teacher as a teaching tool. Its lesson for audiences, young and old is this: Speak up for what you know is right and do it from a place of joy and optimism!

Participants (singers, actors, dancers, crew, and directors), and audiences (in-theater, on-line, social-media, etc.),  may consider their personal relationship to the ideas and concepts represented in Humanity’s Child. These include such “action-based objectives” as:

  • promoting social-consciousness and awareness of others; fostering diversity and respect;
  • encouraging active participation in social and political contexts;
  • nurturing self-efficacy and personal resilience;
  • acknowledging developmental fears and apprehensions while, at the same time;
  • cultivating joy and connection among a diverse community.

 

Q: What is the music like? [to the top]

A: The music of HC2020 is extremely accessible to audiences of all ages drawing on contemporary styles and familiar forms with sing-able melodies, moving harmonies, engaging rhythms, and memorable lyrics...audience go away humming the tunes. The vocal score may be performed with two-part (Sop & Alto) or three-part voicings (S.A. & Contralto/Tenor).

 

LISTEN TO THE MUSIC
ON SOUNDCLOUD
https://www.humanityschild.com/media/music-on-soundcloud/

 

Q: What does an actual production look like? [to the top]

A: While all productions share commonalities – script, score, narrative, every production will be different and unique. As an example, please view our video gallery.

SEE SCENES FROM OUR OFF-BROADWAY HIT
ON VIMEO
https://www.humanityschild.com/media/video-on-vimeo/

 

Q: Who are the characters in Humanity’s Child? [to the top]

A: There are two principle characters in Humanity’s Child “SARA” (aka Humanity’s Child) and “VOX,” Sara’s “imaginary friend.” And, there are four or more supporting characters collectively called “THE PLAYERS.” (We recommend 8 to 16 Players.)

  • Sara represents young people today as they emerge as independent and self-directed actors seeking both freedom and security. She is deeply feeling the stresses of contemporary life and genuinely afraid for her future as she faces a world of dissonance, division, and danger.
  • Vox (f/m) is Sara’s childhood imaginary friend who, in a time of great dissonance, division, and danger makes a brief re-appearance in Sara’s dreams to give aid, comfort, and advice.
  • The Players (f or f/m), the mysterious characters who populate our dreams and nightmares, play multiple roles throughout the show and have multiple opportunities for short solos.

 

Q: What technology is required to produce Humanity’s Child? [to the top]

A: Humanity’s Child can be produced with the tech found in most schools and colleges: a good sound system, basic lighting, computer, high-rez projector and screen (optional).

  • Performances take place in the dreams of the title character which translates to a non-contextualized story requiring very-little props, accessories, sets or staging.  Because the heart of “the play” is in the lyrics, it is crucial that they be heard. Therefore we recommend high-quality sound systems and wireless mics for, at least, the two principle vocalists (but better for all for small ensembles).
  • We provide professionally-recorded and digitally mastered accompaniment tracks which must be well-balanced with vocal performance.
  • Similarly, theater is a visual art seen through the lens of the emotional narrative. This is accomplished by good lighting design and execution.
  • We provide an optional multi-image show supporting the on-stage action that can be projected to a stage-rear screen.

 

Q: How do we apply for FREE-SCHOLASTIC LICENSING? [to the top]

A: To apply for free-scholastic licensing click here to go to on-line application, or paste in your browser: https://www.humanityschild.com/scholastic-productions/apply-for-free-license/

 

Q: How do we access free or at-cost scripts and scores? [to the top]

A: We offer three options for Scripts & Scores:

  • We provide a link for you to down load printer-ready scripts and scores. You have license to print as many as you need for every participant in your group.
  • We provide hard-copy scripts and scores in 8.5 x 11 spiral binders to you at our cost to print and mail to you.
  • We provide hard-copy scripts and scores to you for minimum rental: est. 1/3 purchase price plus shipping.

Q: How do we access free or at-cost music tracks?  [to the top]

A: We provide digitally-mastered, professionally performed and recorded accompaniment tracks as high-quality 32 bit WAV files for download or on digital media (CD or thumb drive). These tracks may be downloaded to your computer for rehearsal and performance and may also be shared with performers for their practice. Downloads are free; media at-cost plus shipping.