Loudoun Now: ‘A Will to Survive’: Music Therapists, Teen Rockers Take on Suicide in Rock Opera

Sep 29, 2016

When Ann-Charlotte Robinson’s son Will committed suicide in January at the age of 17, her longtime friend Tom Sweitzer felt a call to reach out to teens with a message of hope through music. With Robinson’s participation, Sweitzer, a well-known local music therapist and his colleague Cedric Dimapilis created a rock opera, “A Will to Survive,” that is both a tribute to Will and a call to teens that they are not alone in their struggles with mental health or social struggles. The producers have scheduled a series of public performances throughout October (starting this Sunday), and the show is also set to run for students at all Loudoun high schools throughout the next 18 months.

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