Hear 2 Heal is all of those and more. The name itself is quite deliberately a play on words. Hear as in hearing, listening. Here as in present, as in being there to hear, to listen.
Teenagers have a lot to say, they have a lot to deal with adults have forgotten. The production at South Dearborn High School of Hear 2 Heal next week aims to start a dialogue and to heal the wounds caused by tragedies, by not hearing.
“It’s not a concert. It’s not a musical. It’s, well, a musical project,” said SDHS choral director Justin Selmeyer.
Hear 2 Heal is a collaboration with Blessid Union of Souls frontman Eliot Sloan. It was the brainchild of Sloan’s friend and collaborator Brian Halsey, and started out at Brownsburg High School, Ind., in 2012. Since then it’s been performed at schools around Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky as well as a few others in the Midwest.
The “musical project” isn’t just a bunch of Blessid Union songs, it features songs by local teens or choral directors, including SDHS’s own Selmeyer.