Power Play for Kids

Wicks La Puma (left); Tobin Photos: David Fairchild (left); Courtesy Adam Tobin

Persistence is power—particularly in the face of adversity. Lyricist and playwright Adam Tobin, ’93, and composer Deborah Wicks La Puma, ’91, are eager to share this universal message with young boys and girls in She Persisted, the Musical. The show, which features an all-female cast, is inspired by the bestselling book She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World by Chelsea Clinton, ’01. 

The main character, Naomi, visits a women’s history museum along with her third-grade classmates. Soon, a mystical character whisks her away to travel across centuries, where they meet iconic figures such as Harriet Tubman, Sally Ride, ’73, MS ’75, PhD ’78, and Sonia Sotomayor. The musical will open at the Bay Area Children’s Theatre in February. “The beautiful thing about writing for a children’s audience is knowing that you’re passing it on in hope,” Wicks La Puma says, “and knowing that they are going to make the world a better place.”

Melinda Sacks, ’74, is a senior writer at Stanford.