Michael and Max used to be friends; neighborhood kids who grew up together in Detroit. But things changed in their sophomore year. Max has started antagonizing kids at school, but Michael has become his favorite target. Pushed to the point of considering suicide, Michael gratefully accepts the help offered by some of his teachers and family, and learns to trust his own heart along the way.
This is the basis for IMAGINARY BOY, a new musical based on the real life experiences of author, Stephen Michael McCall. IMAGINARY BOY is slated for a fully-developed workshop in NYC. Strategic funding plans are also being made to perform the piece for members of Congress at the Museum of Bible in Washington, D.C.
Our larger vision and goal for IMAGINARY BOY is to inspire a clearer understanding of our country’s rampant issue of bullying and teen suicide through our own content, which is: considering the burdens people bear that sometimes make them do the things they do; becoming aware of the value that every life and story carries within it; and learning to take care of each other, and let loved ones in.
Our recent fundraising event, hosted by New York’s iconic Fifth Avenue boutique Henri Bendel, was a raging success. The turnout was wonderful, and the presentation of songs from the show soared through Bendel's 124-year old rafters.
If you attended and made a donation, we thank you!
If you attended and didn’t get to make a donation, here’s your chance.
And if our project has only just come onto your radar, please peruse our website, and join us.
Did You Know?
- Nearly 43% of kids have been bullied online. 1 in 4 has had it happen more than once.
- Girls are about twice as likely as boys to be victims and perpetrators of cyber bullying.
- Suicide is the second leading cause of death for ages 10-24.
- Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 3,041 attempts by young people grades 9-12.
- Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University.
- A study in Britain found that at least half of suicides among young people are related to bullying,
- 10 to 14 year old girls may be at even higher risk for suicide, according to the study above.
- According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 30 percent of students are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying