The A WILL TO SURVIVE Soundtrack NOW AVAILABLE!

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We are so excited to release our first ever soundtrack from our original rock opera, A WILL TO SURVIVE. The powerful musical, which toured Loudoun County Schools in 2017 and also played at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. is based on the story of Will Robinson, a 17-year-old Loudoun County young man who took his own life on January 14, 2016. We chose, January 14, 2019 as a day to release the soundtrack to honor the life of William Robinson and to continue the important conversation of teen mental health. Members from the original cast recorded the soundtrack full of inspiring music to raise awareness on getting help coping with difficult subjects like suicide and depression. The songs are about hope, how to reach out for help and that no one should feel alone in their struggles. The making of the soundtrack has been supported by The O'Shaughnessy-Hurst Memorial Foundation, The Ohrstrom Foundation and Jacqueline B. Mars.

Learn More About A WILL TO SURVIVE

Our teenagers today live in a world of inconsistent messages, violence, and pressure to succeed. A conversation of mental health awareness must happen to help young people understand that hope and resources are there when they feel they have nowhere else to turn.

Will Robinson took his life at age 17 on January 14th, 2016. Will lived in Loudoun County, Virginia and loved music, people, and being curious about life. He left behind many friends and family members who have been moved to help spread the word of Love and that it's never too late.

This 55- minute music driven high school production reminds us we are not alone. The goal of A WILL TO SURVIVE is to talk about depression, suicide prevention, hope, and accepting others and yourself no matter what life challenges you might face. With a sensitive and thoughtful script, this show inspires and educates students about better ways to manage life when it gets to a place where it seems too hard to handle. Check out our promotional video for A WILL TO SURVIVE below!


BRING THE show to your school or community

A WILL TO SURVIVE,  the musical tour has retired. If you are interested in the actual musical score of the show or any portion of it please contact A Place To Be at office@aplacetobeva.org .

A Mother’s Will

A documentary short,  A MOTHER'S WILL, which takes the viewer on the journey of the making of A WILL TO SURVIVE and the interpersonal experience of Will's mother, Ann Charlotte, is gaining recognition in national and international film festivals. The A MOTHER’S WILL documentary was produced with the support of The Matthews Family and will be available the summer of 2019. A full-length documentary on the making of the show is also in the works, thanks to the support of Teresa Wheeler.


“After watching A Will to Survive, I know how powerful it is. This performance, combined with a moderated discussion, successfully compliments LCPS’ efforts to promote mental wellness, increase early detection of mental health issues, reduce suicidal behavior, and encourage help-seeking behavior and access to mental health treatment. The success of is not surprising, given the positive reports from our middle school communities regarding how Behind the Label both inspires middle school audiences to reach beyond perceived limits while also promoting empathy.”

Dr. Eric Williams, Head Superintendent of Loudoun County Schools, Virginia