Dandelions in the Wind brings the history of racism and civil rights into a modern format. Music varies from spoken word to slave chants, and from gospel songs to toe-tapping dance numbers. Images from the Civil Rights era create a changing backdrop for the events unfolding on stage, but the underlying question is “Where are we now...today?"
DANDELIONS IN THE WIND is the musical love story of a young white woman and a young black man caught up in the turbulent times of America’s Civil Rights era. The inspiration to create this musical came from the racism that the playwright and her late husband experienced in the sixties and seventies as a young bi-racial couple. Jennifer has placed that personal experience into the backdrop of the American Civil Rights era, giving the musical power and depth.
BRITTANY BANKS, ANDREW BRODERICK, JIVARO SMITH (Kinky Boots), ALANA BRIDGEWATER (We will Rock you) KAREN JEWELS (Lion King), DUFF MACDONALD (Les Miserables) JILLIAN REES-BROWN (Billy Elliot), KESHA WINT, MATTHEW BRADLEY, MELANIE LEBLANC, AYANNA SEALEY, KEVIN CLARKE, KION FLATTS, LAUREN MACINA, GENNALEE GORDON, JERI LEADER, RACHEL CURRIE, CONNOR DAY, CHARLOTTE HUTCHISON HANSEN, MORGAN HUTCHISON.
Photo credit: Seanna Kennedy
in loving memory of Roger Burges and Keith Bowen
BEHIND the SCENES
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"A play the world needs to see... 'powerful' does not begin to describe what I saw"
- NIck Ahad, Theatre Critic, Yorkshire Evening Post, UK
Copyright KJ Group 2016
DANDELIONS IN THE WIND is my life's work...it encompasses so much of the emotion that I experienced during the sixties and seventies as a young white woman married to a young black man. Keith was attacked by Skinheads, left on the pavement with a severely fractured skull. He made what we thought was a full recovery and we moved to Canada looking for a safe place to raise our mixed-race children, but shortly after getting here he died... shockingly... unexpectedly... a complication from the head injury. I was five months pregnant with our third child.
"More than three decades have not faded the image that was seared onto my soul the day of the funeral: our little girl clutching dandelions she had picked for her daddy, the October sun transforming the lowly weeds into filigree globes of silver, and her curls into a halo of gold.
She was three.
The funeral had taught her that flowers mean 'I love you', but she was perplexed as to how to give them to her father. I blew some of the parachutes heavenwards. She watched them float back to earth, her bottom lip trembling. And then she said, 'If I think really hard, can I think the flowers to daddy?'"
- Jennifer Dance Bowen