About the Song Cycle
Centered on a brand new original song cycle (an album that tells a story consecutively through the composition and order of songs) written by the award-winning, Nebraska-based musical theatre team Becky Boesen and David von Kampen, “The Dream Switch” focuses on welcoming, belonging, and how Nebraska, especially Greater Nebraska, can further its efforts to attract returners and newcomers, as well as retain those who currently call it home.
“The Dream Switch” story revolves around a young outlier from the sandhills who decides after her first year of college in Nebraska, that happiness awaits elsewhere. Audience members follow her journey as she leaves home, explores the world beyond, and then comes to her own understanding that “everything I needed to be me, was around me.”
Nebraska’s own rising star, Andrea von Kampen, and a band of seven outstanding musicians have signed on to be part of the project. In addition to public performances of the song cycle, Blixt, Nebraska Community Foundation and local community partners will host candid, post-show conversations exploring the show’s themes, what it means to belong, and what Nebraska’s hometowns can be doing to create more welcoming places.
Education and Engagement
The Dream Switch Project is a community development tool that creates a catalyst for realizing local dreams through (a) a live performance of an original song cycle that focuses on issues facing young adults in rural places, (b) collaboratively designed education and engagement programs based around selected local themes, and (c) a facilitated conversation after the performance surrounding issues like retaining local talent, reimagining empty storefronts, dreaming big about early childcare and after school programs, and whatever else may be on the hearts and minds of local community members. The Dream Switch Project was piloted in 2019 in two vibrant Rural Nebraska towns: Auburn and Ord. Multiple communities are onboard for 2020 and locations and dates will be announced soon.
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