KRAVIS CENTER to Present Anti-Bullying Musical ‘it gets better’ on June 16

The Raymond F. Kravis Center for the Performing Arts today announced that it is presenting it gets better, which uses the universal foundation of music to educate and enlighten people about the struggles of LGBTQ youth, on Saturday, June 16 at 7:30 pm. This will be the Kravis Center’s final PEAKseries performance of the season.

The it gets better project began in 2010 after writer Dan Savage and his husband, Terry Miller, created a YouTube video in which worldwide supporters assured LGBTQ youth who felt bullied that “it gets better.” The grassroots campaign has evolved into a week-long residency in which local students work with it gets better representatives, including members of the Gay Men’s Chorus of Los Angeles, on anti-bullying, self-image, tolerance and acceptance.

The cast of it gets bet­ter trav­els to com­mu­ni­ties nation­wide and pro­duces a week of edu­ca­tional work­shops cul­mi­nat­ing in a mov­ing musi­cal the­ater per­for­mance. Through laughter and tears, the stage show brings to life real-life sto­ries from les­bian, gay, trans­gen­der, gen­derqueer and straight allies from across Amer­ica and infuses them with dynamic musi­cal numbers.

June 16 at 7:30 pm (Saturday)
it gets better

(PEAK)
In addition to its ongoing live performance by the it gets better cast of professional artists, the dynamic musical includes recorded student material — poems, songs, skits and more — from the collaborative events at Compass Community Center. The performance combines live actors and dynamic, multimedia presentations into one ultimate expression of hope and action. In addition, there will be a “talk-back session” immediately following the performance.

(Note: Guests will receive a ticket voucher for one complimentary beverage. Underage guests will be offered a non-alcoholic selection.)

Marshall E. Rinker, Sr. Playhouse
Tickets $32
This PEAK performance is made possible by a grant from the 
MLDauray Arts Initiative in honor of Leonard and Sophie Davis

Prior to the Saturday night performance at the Kravis Center, it gets better is collaborating with Compass Community Center, Stonewall National Museum & Archives, and KOP Mentoring Network to present a five-day Project Residency (June 12-16).

June 12 (Tuesday)

+ from 6 to 7 pm 

Journey at Stonewall National Museum & Archives, 2157 Wilton Dr. in Wilton Manors

An open forum of inquiry and dialogue as cast members share personal stories and reflections about it gets better.

+ from 6 to 9 pm 

Karaoke Night at The Book Cellar, 801 Lake Avenue in Lake Worth

A fun evening of full of musical expression in a judgment-free space.

June 13 (Wednesday)

+ from 10 to 11:30 am 

it gets better Workshop with KOP Mentoring Network

Members of the cast will work with a small group of KOP Mentoring Network kids to create a video PSA. (Note: Not open to the public)

 

+ from 2:30 to 3:30 pm 

Journey at Compass Community Center, 201 N. Dixie Hwy. in Lake Worth

An open forum of inquiry and dialogue as cast members share personal stories and reflections about it gets better.

 

+ from 4 to 6 pm 

World Café Workshop at Compass Community Center, 201 N. Dixie Hwy. in Lake Worth

This workshop will explore the beliefs, attitudes and behaviors in the community toward LGBTQ people and particularly LGBTQ youth, while aiming to identify solutions and create an action plan for creating positive change in Palm Beach County. Educators, parents, student leaders, elected officials, law enforcement, artists and business professionals are all encouraged to attend.

To learn more about the it gets better Project Residency, please visit

https://compassglcc.com/youth-program/it-gets-better/

How to Get Tickets to see it gets better at the Kravis Center:

Tickets are available for purchase online through the Kravis Center’s official website at kravis.org; in person at the Box Office, located at 701 Okeechobee Blvd., West Palm Beach; or by phone at 561.832.7469 or 800.572.8471. For group sales, please call 561.651.4438 or 561.651.4304.