The Listen Up Project is an ambitious original musical based on eight months of interviews, workshops, conversations and listening sessions with more than 800 teens across Vermont.

From the vast and diverse stories gathered over this time, a script was written. Youth were engaged in the song-writing process and the musical was created.

Statewide casting of the show occurred in May 2021. A four-week intensive rehearsal will take place in July at Lyndon Institute in Lyndonville, VT. In August, the show will tour across the state with nine live outdoor performances.

In the fall of 2021 a streaming version of the show with a discussion guide will be available for all those who were unable to attend the live summer shows. The streaming film version of the musical will be available for schools, youth centers, educators, parents and teens.

From the Listen Up Project’s website, here is a list from VT teens of what they need in their lives and communities and how we can help: