Famed actress Sharon Stone and young musicians from around the world, including The Bahamas' youth ambassador,
Ashleigh Rolle will be joining forces with Mikhail Gorbachev, Cat Stevens and the United Nations to sing for a more sustainable and secure world in a major cultural performance being held
3 September 2013 in Switzerland.
The show, titled
2050: The Future We Want, is based on the renowned Peace Child musical, and will be performed in the 2,000-seat Assembly Hall at the United Nations Office at Geneva in honour of the 20th anniversary of President Gorbachev’s founding of Green Cross International, the non-governmental organization responding to the inter-related challenges of environmental degradation, insecurity and poverty.
The musical is being co-produced by Peace Child International and Green Cross International, with support from the Geneva-based Simply Theatre Academy. The performance will feature songs and music from Peace Child co-founder David Gordon and his brother, legendary musician Yusuf Islam (Cat Stevens), and be performed by a 40-strong cast aged from 8-25 years, backed by a choir of more than 100 people.
Led by Sharon Stone, in the lead "storyteller" role, the plot will take the audience on a journey back through time, from 2050 to now, and follow the cast forward as they demonstrate how they manage to resolve the critical challenges the world faces, including climate change, sustainability, poverty and security.
"The 2050: The Future We Want musical could not have been performed at a more appropriate time," says Ms. Stone. "The world is at a crossroads: do we continue down the path of environmental destruction as we extract more and more resources to power our economy? Or do we urgently take a new path, using already what we know now, to embrace sustainability, efficiency and innovation to create the Future We Want?"
"I can’t wait to start working with young artists from all over the world who, 20 years after President Gorbachev launched his global mission, are showing that there is a way forward, but only if we act now," Ms. Stone adds.
Alexander Likhotal, President of Green Cross International, says the organization wants to put on the musical that can clearly demonstrate, through the creative actions and insightful words of young people, that the world has reached a critical juncture, and that only through real deeds we are able to create a future capable of sustaining all people on Earth.
"We believe the musical will be the first time the challenges and solutions confronting the world have been brought to life on stage by youth. We are fortunate to have the support of Sharon Stone and Cat Stevens, plus the backing of the United Nations, to create this spectacular. But we want the musical to continue its life after the 3rd of September, so we will be making it available to schools, civil society organizations and all appropriate parties who may see it as an exciting way to try to bring closer the future that we would want for generations to come."
Two weeks of intensive rehearsals are starting on 18 August in Geneva, Switzerland, for the debut performance of the musical 2050: The Future We Want.