Frequently Asked Questions
& Frequently Given Answers
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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?
Q: Why is Humanity’s Child a really great show for our high school or college production? [to the top]
A: Many reasons:
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.
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:
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:
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).
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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.
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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.)
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).
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:
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.