Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom, a new musical filled with traditional and original Gospel and Freedom songs, tells the moving and inspiring true story of Lynda Blackmon, the youngest person to walk all the way from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama on the Voting Rights March in 1965. Jailed nine times before her 15th birthday, Lynda and her friends and neighbors fought alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to secure the right to vote for African Americans. Ally Sheedy (The Breakfast Club, High Art, Psych), adapted the award-winning memoir by Lynda Blackmon Lowery (Dial Press, 2016) for the stage. Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom is directed by Fracaswell Hyman. The Music Director is Joshuah Brian Campbell, director of music and arts at the School of Divinity and director of the University Gospel Choir and 2020 Oscar and Golden Globe nominee for “Stand Up” (Harriet). Producers are Lynda Blackmon Lowery, Miranda Barry, Amy Sprecher, Voza Rivers and the New Heritage Theatre Group.

Join the Choir

Sunday April 23 @ 6-7:30pm, Wait Chapel

Join us for an open choir rehearsal.

Wake Forest’s Department of Theatre and Dance, in collaboration with the School of Divinity and NC Black Repertory Theatre, will bring Turning 15 to life in October, 2023! As a part of this new production, there will be a chorus featuring members of the Wake Forest and Winston-Salem communities!  

Please join music director Joshuah Brian Campbell along with members of the Wake Forest University Gospel Choir and the Winston Salem State University Singing Rams on Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 6 pm for an open rehearsal where you can sing gospel, freedom songs, and spirituals with us and learn more about being a part of the chorus! All ages, races, ethnicities, abilities, and voice parts are welcome! No acting experience is required; just come ready to sing