Breaking the Moon (Beta)

Book, Music, and Lyrics by Amy Steinberg

Breaking the Moon (Beta)

at Theater 511  [map]

  • Wednesday, August 3, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Thursday, August 4, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Friday, August 5, 2016 at 8:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 1:00 pm
  • Saturday, August 6, 2016 at 5:00 pm

An Inspirational Teen Pop/ Rock Musical about Connecting and Healing.

The heart breaks, the light breaks through.

Breaking the Moon tells the journey of a motley crew of seven teenagers who are battling through the trenches of life. Instead of running away, they fight to find their voices and release their secrets, facing their personal truth and each other.  From sexuality, rape, divorce, drugs, self-esteem and more, each fights a different battle, yet they are all connected.  Their stories are different, yet together they find healing in revealing their pain and connecting with each other.  At the intersection of “The Breakfast Club” and A Chorus Line, Breaking the Moon is an empowering and inspirational pop/rock musical that shines the light on the struggles that lead teens to these dark places. But we are reminded that it is always darkest before the dawn.  The fresh score and intense book are both written by nationally touring singer/songwriter Amy Steinberg. 


From creator Amy Steinberg:

Each year, 50,000 teens attempt suicide and a thousand complete.  In a world where everyone wants to numb out, Breaking the Moon is about personal enlightenment and the raw truth. Everyone has demons they are running from, but it's time that we connect with each other and turn to each other for help. It’s theatrical therapy; a character driven piece that breaks the heart open so the light can shine through.


This is a Beta event: Our Beta Events are new musicals that are further along in their development process than readings, but not quite yet ready for full production.


Running time: 1 hour, 30 minutes.  

Amy Steinberg

Amy Steinberg (Book, Music, Lyrics)

Amy Steinberg (book, music & lyrics) – is a singer, songwriter and storyteller like none other. Described as uplifting, enlightening and hilarious with a voice that can burn the house down, the main thrust of her work comes from marrying the sacred and profane, fusing the dreamlike nature of Spirit with the rooted realness of sexuality and humor. Amy plays the piano and guitar with her own swingy rhythmic bounce, injecting shades of jazz, rock, hip hop, and poetry, all with a theatrical flair. Deeply soulful, with her bombastic belt, she sings of self-love, open-mindedness, and the holiness of everything. While producing indie CDs of her music, Amy has performed around the country. As music director at the Spiritual Living Center of Charlotte, she became deeply involved with the New Thought Music world, playing at conferences, churches, festivals all over the country, and in 2013 released "Intimate with the Infinite," a collection of only spiritual songs. In 2014, she was nominated for 2 Posi Awards, and performed in the renowned Agape Spiritual Center in Los Angeles. Her 10th independent release, "Broken Open" is now available on iTunes and is receiving rave reviews. Amy has performed 5 one-woman shows, notably "Oh My God Don't Stop,” a piece about God and sex, which won Patron's Pick at the Orlando Fringe. Her first musical with other people in it is "Breaking the Moon.” Amy blogs for Huffington Post, teaches at Children’s Theatre of Charlotte, NC and has 10 albums. Her song “Burning into the High” won a 2016 Posi Award in the Personal Transformation Category.

Nicholas Clementi

Nicholas Clementi (Devon)

Nicholas has been having an awesome time in Pop Theater, working w Miss Amy and the other kids bringing her play to life. Nicholas is in 7th grade at Holy Trinity Middle School. He was in Charlotte Children's Choir for 2 years. But, it was playing the part of the scarecrow in The Wizard of Oz that gave him the acting bug. He is in his second year at Charlotte Children's theater, and last spring he played Jack in the play Into the Woods.

Julianna Kantor

Julianna Kantor (Tony)

Julianna Kantor attends East Mecklenburg High School where she is an active member of chamber choir, the drama program and the Thespian Honor Society.  Slhe started performing by singing along to Disney movies, which progressed into musical theatre lessons beginning at age 3. She hasn't stopped since. Favorite performances in the past  include Kim in Bye, Bye Birdie, Soupy Sue in Urinetown, and the Witch in Into the Woods, Jr. Most recently, along with Breaking the Moon, she enjoyed playing Vi in Footloose, Flannery in Thoroughly Modern Millie, as well as appearances in Cabaret and Aida.

Kate Leach

Kate Leach (Clementine)

Kate Leach is a sophomore at Charlotte Catholic High School. She has been involved in theater classes and performances for 5 years at her school and at Children's Theatre of Charlotte. Kate loves being with her friends and family and doing fun things around Charlotte. She loves being part of the theater and looks forward to the opportunities that lie ahead.

Gage Tarlton

Gage Tarlton (Understudy)

Gage is currently set to attend UNC Chapel Hill in the fall to major in Dramatic Art, but is enjoying taking life one day at a time. His love of theatre began at a young age and he has performed in multiple productions at the Ansonia Theatre, including The Wizard of Oz and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. He is incredibly grateful for the opportunity to be involved with this inspiring production.

Ailey Finn

Ailey Finn (Frannie)

Ailey is a 13 year old freshman at Central Academy of Technology and Arts. She has been seen in numerous productions in the area, including To Kill a Mockingbird at Theatre Charlotte where she played Scout, Into the Woods at CTC playing Little Red, Shrek Jr. with Teen City Stage and many more. She is so thankful to Miss Amy for giving her this opportunity and can't wait to see how far this amazing production goes!

Andrew Henriques

Andrew Henriques (Mason)

Andrew is very excited to be performing in POP Theater with Amy. He is a sophomore at Mallard Creek High School. Andrew has so far worked primarily as an actor, with some musical and dance training. He has performed professionally with Children's Theatre of Charlotte for the last three years, and is currently working on his second full length Indie film with Acting Out Studios.

Ashley Covington

Ashley Covington (Allison)

Ashley has been a singer/dancer and pianist since age 4 and enjoys performing songs from recording artists as well as her own originals. She is 15 and currently a 9th-grader at NWSA, majoring in Piano & Chorus, and likes spending time outdoors. She is thrilled to be part of this "POP" production.

Colin Samole

Colin Samole (Poe)

This is Colin's first time performing with POP Theater, and he couldn't be happier to be on board. He has been homeschooled his entire life and is a junior in high school. Colin's life has been dedicated to the theater since he was a small child, and his love for the craft has only grown since. He has been with Children's Theater of Charlotte for just about 4 years learning to hone other skills such as dance and voice. He has also worked with community theater programs for a good portion of his career.

Elaina Griffith

Elaina Griffith (Understudy)

Elaina is a 15 year old sophomore at Northwest School of the Arts, majoring in Musical Theater. In addition to her school activities and performances last year, Elaina played several ensemble roles in Theater Charlotte Jr.'s summer production of The Wizard of Oz. Since the tender age of 4 years old, she has been singing in various choirs and talent shows. She was a regional finalist in the Optimist Oratorical Contest twice in middle school. She is honored for this opportunity to be a part of this powerful, original project by Amy Steinberg and has grown, both personally and professionally, from the experience of working with this incredibly talented group.