In the beginning of 2020, Michael Matthew Ferrell, founder of Alive & Kickin, a touring vocal ensemble of older adults “who rock,” collaborated with Sandy Boren-Barett, the CEO and Artistic Director of Stages Theatre Company, an educational theatre program for children and youth, to create the intergenerational music program, “Peace 4 the Ages.”
COVID-19 forced the team to reconsider how to culminate this series when a live, in-person event no longer made sense. They determined that it would be best to produce a performance video to retain the connection between students, and give them a sense of collective accomplishment. As Michael and Sandy moved the program forward remotely, they also planned a socially-distanced, outdoor live performance in October 2020 once quarantine protocols lifted. Read on to learn more about their experience during the program and how it forged intergenerational bonds between the students.