In case you still haven’t heard of who ‘Brave Maeve’ is, and what ‘Brave Maeve: The Musical’ is about, let me tell you that you JUST MUST find out more about this little girl and her family’s journey in overcoming cancer.
Maeve is a little girl who at 3 was diagnosed with Stage 2 cancer. But by God’s loving kindness and grace, He sustained her and her family through the arduous battle to lead them into victory.
Now 7, Maeve is a healthy and happy girl whose is really very amazing. I know, because my eldest son and her were in the same school last year, and that was how I got to know Joanne too.
Joanne, a very brave and talented mother, wrote a story to help her then cancer-stricken daughter, Maeve, make sense of all the various medical procedures she had to endure. That story has since been published under the title, Brave Maeve. This book has in turned inspired the production of the musical. It first ran last December in the auditorium of a small church along East Coast Road.
Coming up this Children’s Day weekend, from October 4 to 5, the musical will hit a bigger stage!
In this post, I’ve invited Joanne, mummy of Maeve, to share a little about how she came to write the book and produce the musical.
5-minutes with Joanne, Mummy of Maeve
Writer of Brave Maeve, the book
Producer of Brave Maeve: The Musical
1. Can you tell our readers a little your book, Brave Maeve?
I watched the first run of Brave Maeve last Christmas. I am told that there have been some changes to improve on the musical.
I don’t know how much better it can get, but I believe that you will NOT REGRET watching it with your loved ones.
Brave Maeve was, and still remains, one of the best local productions I’ve seen in a long time. And those of you who know me, I wouldn’t lavish praise so easily and freely on theatrical productions.
Putting aside the fact that the storyline make for a compelling one by virtue of it being a true life story, Brave Maeve does have very strong scriptwriting and creative execution. Director and Scriptwriter Dwayne, though young and not a parent himself, has shown a great sensitivity to the emotional and spiritual nuances of the heartwrenching journey parents go through when their precious children suffer. I personally thought the use of puppetry was very clever. I won’t tell you much more because you MUST GO WATCH it for yourself.
It’s NOT an exaggeration when I say there was not a dry eye in the theatre a mere 10 minutes into the show. I couldn’t help sniffling through the entire time. I told Joanne and Dwayne after the production that they should get a tissue paper sponsor. Well, you’ve been duly warned. Be sure to bring your own tissues.
TO GET THE BOOK
The book is available at the musical for a minimum donation of $15 that will go into reprinting more books and funding of printing in other languages. There will also be the Brave Maeve ebook launched at the Musical!
Joanne’s dream is that this book, Brave Maeve, will be made available to all pediatric oncology wards around the world.
“My dream is for every single child battling cancer, to have access to Brave Maeve, so that they can be empowered to battle this disease, to be the brave princess or prince, taking charge of their chemo troops!”
So if you live outside Singapore, and would like a copy, just email email@example.com.
Kindhearted volunteers have also translated the story into various languages.
These are available for download from Brave Maeve Singapore Facebook Page.
TO BUY TICKETS FOR THE MUSICAL
Limited tickets are still available for Friday night.
To purchase tickets, you can email BraveMaeveMusical@gmail. Or check out the poster I’ve put up at the start of this post for details.
The Making of Brave Maeve: Some Sneaks
Photos courtesy of Brave Maeve Singapore
As you can guess, I think Maeve and her family are really inspirational.
In this next post, Living With Children & Cancer, Joanne shares how the battle with cancer has changed her as a parent. She also offers some encouragement for parents whose children are battling with cancer.
If you know someone whose child is battling with cancer or other critical illness, Joanne also has tips for how you can support that family.