POLITICS & MUSIC: Trailblazers mini-musical focuses on increased engagement (video)

It was about telling the story of politics through music.

On Tuesday, April 17th a popular venue in Geneva was filled, as actors, music and food brought a discussion about politics to the forefront.

That was the purpose of the event, according to Trailblazers PAC Founder Leslie Danks Burke. She described the night as exciting — but also pointed out the importance of this kind of discussion in the community.


The music entertainment was written by Rachel Lampert, who played a major role in making ‘Front Porch Politics’ a visual performance. Trailblazers PAC is a political action committee dedicated to ‘transparency’ in government. To achieve that, the staff works with candidates running for local office. They assist them in a number of ways, but primarily through efforts related to transparency.

Lampert said collaborating with Trailblazers PAC was ‘fun’. She talked about working on a smaller scale production during Burke’s time as a candidate, which translated to her more recent work on ‘Front Porch Politics A Musical Entertainment’.

“I am honored to work with Trailblazers PAC on this mini-musical. This is the second performance for this talented cast and crew who all share my belief in Trailblazers PAC’s mission, and I am very proud of the hard work they put in to bring the mission to life on stage. This show is a great way to share the important work of this organization, and there’s plenty of drama in politics to make a fun musical. It was a great challenge to combine theater and politics,” added Lampert.

“Rachel and the talented cast and crew did a fantastic job conveying Trailblazers PAC’s mission of making voter voices the loudest in the room, in a unique and memorable way,” added Burke. “All politics are local, and government works best when leaders engage and work with the community they serve. Just like in good theater, when everyone brings their talents and dedication to the table, our local government works better.”

Hosted by Trailblazers PAC and co-hosted by Doug and Susan Avery, Phoebe and Vaughn Baker, Jo Beth Mertens and Alejandra Malino, “Front Porch Politics: A Musical Entertainment” is about the workings of Trailblazers PAC and its mission to create more honest government and campaign finance practices. It featured seven musical numbers directed by Travis Knapp and performed by Eric Brooks, Benno Ressa, Natasha Bratkovski, Sarah Welden, Michael Cyr, Robbert van Renesse, Lesley Greene, and Stephen Nunley. Ellen Jackson was the all singing, all dancing Leslie Danks Burke.

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