Community Created Performances

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Community Created Performances

Chicago Voices put out a call in January to find Chicago-based groups that had compelling stories to share about their community. After careful review of the applications, by a panel from the Chicago Public Library, eight groups were selected for the semifinalist round!

The three groups who receive the highest number of votes will have the chance to develop their story into an original music theater work with the support of Lyric staff and artists.

Now it’s your chance to vote for your favorites!
Watch the videos below and select the story you find most compelling.


Voting Information

How do I vote for my favorite community group?

Make sure you watch each of the eight groups' videos and vote for the story you want to see on stage. Votes may be cast for your favorite community group below. You must provide your email address and ZIP code before casting your vote. If you do not have a valid email address or ZIP code, you will not be able to complete the voting process. A person may vote once in a 24-hour period. You are not allowed use an automated system to cast votes.

How much does it cost to vote?

The opportunity to vote is offered by Lyric Unlimited free of charge. However, you are responsible for obtaining your own computer equipment and internet connectivity, and your provider’s standard internet access charges or data charges apply.

How many times can I vote?

Individuals may vote up to once every 24 hours during the voting period, which continues through April 2, 2017. If Lyric Unlimited finds that an individual has cast more than one vote per day, the excess votes will be voided.

What are the Terms and Conditions for Voting?

Official terms and conditions

How do I know that my vote has been counted?

After submitting your vote on the website, you may receive a “thanks for voting” confirmation message if your vote was received by Lyric Unlimited. Please note that votes Lyric Unlimited determines to be in violation of the voting rules will not be counted.

What should I do if I experience technical difficulty in submitting a vote?

The online ballot for the Community Created Performances program has been designed to work well for a range of user equipment and browser configurations. If you nonetheless encounter problems, please contact us at info@chicagovoices.org.

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Play Video - 2017CCP_BathrobeHeroines

Bathrobe Heroines Individuals with ME/CFS (Myalgic Encephomyelitis/Chronic Fatigue Syndrome) and their advocacy group team up to form "Bathrobe Heroines" and tell a poignant, stirring musical tale of a misunderstood disease aiming to bring increased awareness and understanding to this devastating illness.

Play Video - 2017CCP_RadclyffeHall

Radclyffe Hall Radclyffe Hall is a memoir-writing group of LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender) seniors in the Lakeview neighborhood who seek to share personal stories of celebration and suffering throughout the history of Chicago’s LGBT community, and their ongoing fight for equality.

Play Video - 2017CCP_KuumbaLynx

Kuumba Lynx Kuumba Lynx's Performance Ensemble is an urban arts youth development program that cultivates strong communities as a means to mentor, motivate, and inspire artists to produce, share, and publish their own stories of life in Chicago.

Play Video - 2017CCP_YOLOBloomers

YOLO Boomers YOLO Boomers is a group of Northcenter Chicago seniors that tells personal stories of its members, spanning decades, in order to bust negative stereotypes associated with age and share their unique perspectives on the city of Chicago.

Play Video - 2017CCP_TeatroAmericano

Teatro Americano Teatro Americano is the arts education program and theater ensemble of Latinos Progresando, which will strive to bring awareness to the struggles of immigration and relocation experienced by Latino families in Chicago’s Marshall Square, Pilsen, and Little Village neighborhoods.

Play Video - 2017CCP_BluRhythmCollective

Blu Rhythm Collective Blu Rhythm Collective is a group of Chicago urban artists who seek to tackle the story of violence affecting Chicago youth and their families, and the struggle to overcome those challenges in order to succeed.

Play Video - 2017CCP_YEPP

Youth Empowerment Performance Project The Youth Empowerment Performance Project (YEPP) is a Chicago nonprofit working to support the city’s LGBTQ (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Questioning) youth experiencing housing instability, sharing their personal stories of homelessness and discrimination.

Play Video - 2017CCP_ChicagoMU_siac

Chicago MU-saic Chicago MU-saic includes professional and aspiring artists of all ages, using music to explore Chicago’s rich history and diversity, building community through song, while demonstrating that Chicago is a place where anyone can find a “Promised Land” for their dreams!

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