The Same Sky Project features a traveling group of performers who advocate for and promote messages of empathy, love, inclusion, acceptance and inspiration through music and performance. Conceived in 2011 by a client with cerebral palsy, the Same Sky Project showcases a changing group of teens, each with different physical, intellectual and developmental challenges who perform original shows at local school assemblies in an effort to communicate their daily struggles and aspirations to fellow classmates. Popular shows such as Behind the Label, A Will To Survive and most recently Abira and the Mountain and Music & Emotion, have played before more than 70,000 local students. In 2017, A Will To Survive, the original rock-opera style musical tackling the sensitive topics of mental health and suicide prevention also played to a sold-out audience at The John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts.

If you are a school looking to book The Same Sky Project for your student body, please contact sierra@aplacetobeva.org 


Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 Shows

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Reach Out, a new Same Sky Project production is an inspiring 6th grade assembly led by A Place To Be Ambassador and originator of the Same Sky Project, Amy Stone.

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Music & Emotion is our first Same Sky Project production developed for the elementary school audience, This interactive program helps a younger audience experience the power of music and its ability to help us cope with emotions.


Past Same Sky Project Productions

Fall 2018-Spring 2019

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Abira & the Mountain

A Place To Be toured Abira and the Mountain throughout Loudoun County middle schools and beyond. This original musical was created for the middle school audience under “The Same Sky Project”, and centers on self-love, acceptance of differences and empathy for others.

Abira is the story of a princess in a wheelchair who is strong, innovative and beautiful, but who often feels she is missing something because she is not like everyone else. She has stayed secluded inside her castle for most of her life with her closest friend being a mountain she talks to outside her window. One day she decides to travel into her kingdom to find what she has been missing. There, she meets others with disabilities, medical and life challenges and she discovers that she can use her own life experiences to help them live better lives while also increasing her own self worth. Abira and the Mountain is touring Loudoun County Middle Schools thanks to the support of the Virts Miller Foundation.

Here is what a 6th grade student had to say about the performance.

"This play really spoke deeply with me, because people with Autism, ADHD, Down syndrome, depression, anxiety, and Cerebral Palsy were brave enough to go onstage in front of hundreds, if not thousands of people. I feel like not enough people know about how serious these things are, and this play changed my perspective of people with disabilities. This play is very informative if you’re willing to get past the mental barrier that society has put on us."

Music & Emotion

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Our first Same Sky Project production developed for the elementary school audience, Music & Emotion is and interactive program designed to help a younger audience experience the power of music and its ability to help us cope with emotions. The program began touring Loudoun County Elementary schools in early 2019. The show is supported in part by The Claude Moore Charitable Foundation and Wells Fargo Cultural Excellence Award .

Watch Abira NOW


More Accolades From The Same Sky Project Productions

“I spent much of the lunch shift that day talking with kids about the show- both boys and girls loved it and we’ve already had an increase in the number of kids who want to participate in our Bridges program- it’s kids who use their study hall to work with our special needs program students!”
— Principal of Lunsford Middle School, Leesburg, VA

 

"Thank you for taking a risk and putting yourselves out there."

~Student, age 14

  “Positively amazing. I saw this yesterday...I love what is happening with suicide prevention & mental health awareness through your artful, heart-full production. Your impact is astounding. Thank you, thank you, thank you!”

~Audience Member, Woodgrove High School

"Its truly amazing guys, that despite all the things that are happening in the world that we can turn to each other and see that, yeah, we are all different, but why should that matter, we can still love each other. Thank you." 

~Student, age 15

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