SM East student’s little lies set to music at Union Station

Jay Senter - June 20, 2012 6:16 am
Abby Cramer, in purple, performing in “Truth … and other lies.”

SM East student Abby Cramer wanted to get out of a babysitting job a couple of years ago. So she lied.

So she told her babysitting clients that she had a choir concert that night and had to cancel. Then she told her parents that the kids she was supposed to babysit for were sick.

All looked to be going according to plan — until Cramer’s mom called the family she was supposed to babysit for to see how the kids were feeling.

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The jig was up.

And this weekend, she’ll be reliving the experience live, onstage, for the whole world to see.

Cramer’s teenage tall tale forms the basis for one of ten vignettes that make up the musical “Truth…and other lies” to be put on by Music Theatre for Young People on the Union Station City Stage Friday through Sunday.

The play was written and produced by Julie Danielson and David Gomez, two KC-area natives now living in New York and pursuing their Broadway dreams.

Danielson said their goal in putting the performance together was to provide a outlet to highlight the very real emotions young teens face — a topic not frequently covered in musical theatre.

“We’d produce the musical ’13’ before, and realized that there really wasn’t much else out there for kids in this age range,” Danielson said. “So we wanted to create a platform to explore what these kids experience.”

To find the stories they turned into songs and monologues for the musical, Danielson and Gomez asked kids who’d been involved in MTYP in the past to write down incidents from their lives that caused them to feel intense emotions. They chose ten of the stories and worked with their authors to create what became “Truth … and other lies.”

“Abby’s is the only story that deals with an actual outright lie,” Danielson said. “She looks back on it now and thinks, ‘That was not a smart move.’ But it’s part of growing up.”

The performances are at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Sunday. Click here for ticket information.

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