Dissatisfied with candidates this year? Vote for Wanda instead

April 13, 2016 • Posted in careers/jobs for people who are blind, memoir writing, Uncategorized by

The writers in the Me, Myself and I class I lead in downtown Chicago entered a contest. If they win, the Lyric Opera of Chicago will help them produce an opera about the class!

Only problem? Writers in that class aren’t exactly computer savvy, and to win, they need fans to vote online. That’s where you Safe & Sound blog followers can help.

Wanda at her 90th.

Wanda at her 90th birthday party with the writers.

First, some background. Earlier this year, Lyric Opera of Chicago launched a project called Chicago Voices. Lyric Unlimited asked community groups to submit applications for an opportunity to have their stories told opera-style. I brought the information to our Me, Myself, and I class in January, and writers put their heads together to answer the questions on the form. From a Lyric Opera press release:

After receiving numerous applications showcasing diverse, compelling and community-focused stories, a panel from the Chicago Public Library diligently reviewed and scored each group based on a predetermined set of criteria. Eight dynamic groups have been selected to move forward as semifinalists, each of which will have video profiles featured online for public voting beginning today.

Me, Myself, and I is one of the eight semi-finalists chosen, and now you can vote online for a 90-second video of writers Wanda Bridgeforth and Audrey Mitchell describing our class.

Three groups will move on to the next round and receive 16 weeks of classes from professionals at the Lyric to create original songs and scripts. Artistic support from Lyric Unlimited will help the finalist present its “fully-realized production” to the public in the fall.

Can’t you just imagine? Ninety-five-year-old Wanda as diva…

In order for this to happen, though, you’ve gotta vote for the Me, Myself and I 90-second video. ?After you vote, please share the link with your friends and family. Members of the public can vote once every day for the story they find most intriguing, and we need you to do just that to stand a chance against the young computer-savvy whipper-snappers we’re competing against. Please vote! Your reward? When we win, we’ll invite you to the opening in the fall.

Sheila A. Donovan On April 13, 2016 at 9:18 am

Thanks for getting out the vote, Beth!

bethfinke On April 13, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Trust me, it was my pleasure…


bethfinke On April 13, 2016 at 1:34 pm

Thanks, Lee. Every vote counts!


nbollero On April 14, 2016 at 9:13 pm

Voting for my pal, Wanda. Too bad Hanni can’t vote too!

bethfinke On April 14, 2016 at 10:12 pm

Whadd’ya mean? Hanni doesn’t have an email account?!


Darlene schweitzer On April 15, 2016 at 10:37 am

Woohoo!! I’m voting and campaigning everyday. We can do this. ?

bethfinke On April 15, 2016 at 11:13 am

Yes we can!


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