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Just Beginning

the musical

World Premiere: June 7th-8th & 14th-15th 2024


“Just Beginning” tells the true story of seventeen women who were falsely imprisoned in 18th century France and sent on a chain gang across the ocean to Mississippi. The incredible women who survived the journey became the founding mothers of the Southern States.

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About the show

“Just Beginning” is a gritty, gripping, and relevant re-telling of their story through the use of singing, orchestral music, dancing, circus arts, and Hamilton-like verse. “Just Beginning” brings an artful look into history, celebrates pride, and donates a percent of proceeds to a local organization against modern-day human trafficking called “Unconditional” to help end today’s cases of exploitation, and provide a hopeful future to vulnerable local women & children.

Be part of this new work

We invite you to be a part of this incredible new work, by partnering in its onstage production in Indianapolis! “Just Beginning,” by Indianapolis composer Dr. Laura Krell is unprecedented in its telling of history from a female and queer perspective, and in several production elements incorporating aerial circus arts, a social justice mission, and genealogical component. This work represents forgotten women, and honors their incredible stories.



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