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On Oct. 1, an Evanston audience will have the rare opportunity to see a stage musical before it bursts onto the theater scene. 

That day at 5 p.m. in Winfield Hall, Sherman United Methodist Church, 2214 Ridge Ave., a cast of 14 will perform a staged reading of “Blu—the Musical.” This new work by two well-known Evanston artists, playwright/educator Gloria Bond Clunie and musician/educator Vernon Clark, tells the story of Blu, a teen artist who battles the bullying that threatens to turn his technicolor world gray.

Ms. Bond Clunie and Mr. Clark are well known in local theater and academic circles – she as the founding director of Fleetwood-Jourdain Theatre, Chute Middle School drama teacher, and founding member of Chicago’s Playwriting Ensemble, and he as founder and director of the gospel ensemble Heirs of Joy and retired Evanston Township High School principal.

The musical grew out of a 10-minute play about bullying Ms. Bond Clunie wrote in 2011 as a commission for “The Bully Plays” anthology.

The Evanston playwright knew she had more to say about bullying, being a teenager today, and the ways parents and communities recover from great tragedy. And she wanted to discover more about Blu, whom she calls “the outrageously special, strong but fragile, brilliant teen artist” at the center of her story.

For more information or to reserve seats visit bluthemusical@gmail.com.