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S ON THE STAGE TUTTERING


VINCE VAWTER'S PAPERBOY : THE MUSICAL


For more than a year, celebrated author Vince Vawter has been collaborating with Jim Wann on a stage show that will be of great interest to the stuttering community: Paperboy, A New Musical. Vince, of course is the Newbury Honor Award Winner for his first book, Paperboy—and a great friend of the Stuttering Foundation.


Jim Wann, if you don’t know the name already, created and performed in the Tony-nominated musical Pump Boys and


"MUSIC IS ALL ABOUT COMMUNICATION"


Author Vince Vawter already had a 40-year career in newspapers behind him when he wrote Paperboy, a 2014 Newbery Honor-winning book about a boy who struggles with a stutter while growing up in segregated Memphis. Many of the stuttering struggles depicted in his novel are direct from his own childhood experiences. A long time friend of the Stuttering Foundation and an activist for stuttering people everywhere, Vince has also written a paper for The Stuttering Homepage, addressing many of his views after 60 years of living with a stutter. Fans of Paperboy can look forward to a sequel novel entitled Copyboy, hitting the bookshelves in 2018. Vince currently lives with his wife in Louisville, Tennessee on a small farm in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. For more information on Vince Vawter's work, please visit vincevawter.com.


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Dinettes that ran on Broadway for almost two years. Through the years, he has created numerous other musicals that are still performing up and down the East Coast. An outstanding singer and guitarist with a passion for songwriting, Jim is, as Vince attested, "the REAL deal."


"I loved the characters and story, and then one day a song popped into my head, based on the first sentences of the book," Jim remembered. "Then I wrote another one with the names of the streets in Paperboy's neighborhood. I loved the sound of those streets. And then another one about how typing makes the words "come out easy". down the road."


Vince liked those so we went on


“Music is all about communication," Vince explained, "and both Jim and I thought a “Paperboy” musical offered an opportunity to tell the book’s story in a unique way. I hope the fact is not lost that most of us who stutter have no trouble singing, not necessarily on key in my case.”


Recently Vince and Jim had the opportunity to give a "sneak preview" performance for a group of students at Frederica Academy in Saint Simon's Island, Georgia. With Vince reading the script and Jim singing and playing guitar, their first test run was a success. “It was an experience I will never forget, unveiling a


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