Beyond the Moon
A musical for young audiences
(book, music, and lyrics by Joseph Domencic and Christina McCann)
15-year-old Maya has big dreams of being the first person to set foot on Mars, but believes she is simply too ordinary to become an astronaut. Her view of what is possible transforms when actual NASA astronauts past and present, including Neil Armstrong, Mae Jemison, and José Hernandez, take her on an amazing journey to discover that extraordinary feats are accomplished by regular people one step at a time. Through their simulated mission to Mars, our heroine gains confidence in herself and her dreams to bravely take the next generation beyond the moon.
This inspiring story, planned for the celebration of the 50thanniversary of Neil Armstrong’s moonwalk, is an empowering and educational 50-minute musical that compliments schools’ STEM teaching goals. While learning about NASA, our female heroine and a multiracial cast work together to show students that if they study, persevere, pick themselves up after failure and work as a team, anything is possible.